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IIST Thiruvananthapuram

Indian Institute Of Space Science & Technology

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Indian Institute Of Space Science & Technology is situated at Dept.of Space, Govt.of India Valiamala P.O., Thiruvananthapuram 695 547 Kerala, INDIA in Thiruvananthapuram.

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B.Tech (Aerospace Engineering)
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Engineering
Dual Degree (B. Tech + M.S / M.Tech)
  • 5 Years
  • Sciences
B.Tech (Avionics)
  • 4 Years
  • Bachelor of Technology
  • Engineering

Indian Institute Of Space Science & Technology - IIST Thiruvananthapuram - IIST

ndian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), situated at Thiruvananthapuram is a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. IIST functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Space, Government of India. The idea of such an institute was mooted keeping in mind the need for high quality manpower for the Indian Space Research Organization, one of world’s leading scientific organizations engaged in space research and space applications. The institute is the first of its kind in the country, to offer high quality education at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels on areas with special focus to space sciences, space technology and space applications. IIST was formally inaugurated on 14 September 2007 by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman, ISRO and was temporarily housed in the premises of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, very close from where ISRO built and launched its first rocket. Both the founding fathers of the institute, Dr G Madhavan Nair and Dr B.N. Suresh, the latter being the first Director of IIST, played a very important role in the formation of the institute, facilitating its establishment and contributing to its vision. Dr B.N. Suresh piloted the institute from the conception of the idea to its realization in a permanent campus near Thiruvananthapuram in 2010.   Carrying the mantle forward, the next Chairman, ISRO and Chairman, Board of Management, IIST, Dr. K Radhakrishnan and the present Director of IIST, Dr. K.S Dasgupta have been guiding the institute to achieve its mission of creating a unique learning environment enriched by the challenges of the Space exploration, by nurturing the spirit of innovation and creativity. Shri A.S. Kiran Kumar has assumed charge as Secretary, DoS very recently and IIST is looking forward to Shri Kiran Kumar to take the institute to the next higher level of excellence.

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  • 3 UG Courses
  • 13 PG Courses
  • 1 phd Courses

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The campus is located at Valiamala,about 25 kms from Thiruvananthapuram city, on the way to the famous hill resort of Ponmudi. The sitemap has two campuses planned spread over a total area of around 100 acres situated close to the foot hills of Sahyadri ranges. At present, the Academic campus which also houses the student hostels is nearing completion. The institute provides full-fledged infrastructure of international standards to develop an excellent academic and research atmosphere. Modern environment friendly buildings of unique architecture merge well with the surrounding forest area. The academic activities spread across four blocks – Aerospace, Physical Sciences, Avionics and Interdisciplinary. Of these the first two are fully functional and host all the seven departments. The Academic blocks are equipped with spacious lecture halls and well-designed research and curriculum laboratories. The Academic blocks also house the offices of the faculty members and research scholars. An imposing Library building is centrally located. IIST also has an Astronomical Observatory situated on the roof top of the Physical Sciences building.


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