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KERALA Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram (Deemed University)

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Established in Year: 2008

IIST is Asia’s first Space Institute and the first in the world to offer the complete range of undergraduate, post graduate, doctoral programmes with specific focus to space science, technology and applications.

This unique concept took root in January 2007, when IIST was registered as a Society under the Travancore -Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. IIST received the approval of the Union Cabinet on 26 April, 2007 and it was formally inaugurated on 14 September 2007 by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair. In a little less than a year of its establishment, IIST received the recognition of UGC as a ‘Deemed to be University’ under Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956.

The Institute has the unique mandate of encouraging and equipping brilliant youngsters from all parts of the country to take up a career as Scientist/Engineer in the Indian Space Research Organisation. IIST functions as a autonomous body under the Department of Space, Government of India.


To be a world class educational and research institution contributing significantly to the Space Endeavours.


  • Create a unique learning environment enriched by the challenges of the Space Programme.

  • Nurture the spirit of innovation and creativity.

  • Establish Centres of Excellence in niche areas.

  • Provide ethical and value based education.

  • Promote activities to address societal needs.

  • Network with national and international institutions of repute.

Major Milestones:

  • The major milestones accomplished since the beginning are as given below:

  • Approval of Space Commission received on November 8, 2006.

  • The Institute was registered as a Society under Travancore-Cochin Societies Registration Act on 3-01-2007.

  • The Union Cabinet approved setting up of the Institute, on April 26, 2007.

  • The Institute was inaugurated on 14th September 2007.

  • MHRD/UGC and AICTE granted the sanction as Deemed to be University vide Notification:No.F.9-16/2007-U.3(A) dated 3rd July 2008.

  • Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was appointed as Chancellor, IIST.

  • The new Campus at Valiamala was inauguarated on 25th August 2009 by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.

  • Foundation stone for the new Space Science at Ponmudi was laid by the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India on 31st October 2009.

  • New campus at Valiamala started functioning as a full fledged learning centre from 16th August 2010 onwards.

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Undergraduate Programme:

  • The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivandrum offers three under graduate programmes leading to 4-year B.Tech. degree in (a) Avionics, (b) Aerospace Engineering, and (c) Physical Sciences. The syllabus for each course consists of basic sciences, mathematics, humanities, basic engineering, core engineering subjects, stream electives, and institute electives. The curricula for the above programme are being totally restructured suiting the requirement of Indian Space Programme while keeping the general requirement of science and engineering in tact with more focus on space science and technology. In addition, the curricula followed in IITs and other similar institutions in India and abroad have been widely utilized in framing the syllabus. The innovative feature in all three streams is that the students will have an opportunity to learn in depth in specific areas needed for ISRO programmes. For example Avionics students can opt for electives in the areas of (a) Control System, (b) Computer, (c) Digital Electronics, and (d) Communications so that they can acquire in-depth knowledge in the specific relevant area. Similarly, Aerospace Engineering students can opt for specialization in (a) Manufacturing, (b) Aeronautics, (c) Structural Design and Analysis, and (d)Thermal and Propulsion areas. On the same line the Physical Science students can undertake focused study in (a) Earth and Space systems, (b) Astrophysics & Planetary Science, (c) Remote Sensing, and (d) Chemical System. The Institute has adopted credit system and the total number of grades for B.Tech. course is around 162 credits. This is in line with the latest recommendation of UGC and MHRD.

Post Graduate Programme

  • The Institute has taken effort to start M.Tech. programme in select areas relevant to ISRO programme. As of today it has framed the curriculum and syllabus for four such courses namely (a) Applied and Adaptive Optics, (b) Soft Computing and Machine learning, (c) RF and Micro Systems, and (d) Chemical System. To start with it is proposed to start M.Tech. programme with young scientists and engineers drawn from ISRO Centres / Units. The courses would be started from the academic year 2010-11.

Research Activities

  • IIST has been encouraging the education with high technology research needed for the space programme. Towards this an R&D Board has been set up with members drawn from prominent educational and research institutions and also major ISRO Centres. In addition a Research Committee has been set up within the Institute to oversee and monitor the progress of research in the Institute. Faculty members of the Institute are encouraged to develop and submit research proposals in their areas of expertise. As on date a number of research programmes have been initiated. In addition a Compendium of research capability of IIST has been prepared and efforts are on to identify possible areas of collaboration with ISRO centres and Units for research.

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Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology
Valiamala P.O.,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 547, Kerala

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