The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology [IIST] is a space institute, functions as autonomous body under the Department of Space, Government of India and is sponsered by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). It was inaugurated in 2007 by G. Madahvan Nair, the then chairman of ISRO.
It is the first in Asia and the first in the world to offer the complete range of programs in space science and technology
It is located at Valiamala and is just 18 kms from the Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station.
The Chancellor of the University is none other the Missile Man, the former President of our country Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
IIST got recognition from the UGC as ‘Deemed to be University’ (Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956) in 2008.
IIST has signed MoU with USRA (Universities Space Research Association) of USA and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for exchange of students and faculty.
The students passed out from IIST are recruited as scientists and engineers in the Department of Space facilities and Indian Space Research Organization centres all over India.
Academic Overview: IISC Offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in space science and technology. Some post-doctoral fellowship (PDF) programs are also offered. Except these regular courses IIST also provides part time postgraduate and doctoral programs for ISRO/DoS employees.
IIST Departments: The departments are providing with the best of facilities and also impart excellent education. Each of the departments are proving with the best of education and learning. The list of the departments is as follows:
Cut-off Marks for admissions in Undergraduate Programs- In JEE-(Advanced), maximum mark for each subject is 120 and the aggregate is 360. Accordingly, the minimum (cut-off) marks for each subject and the aggregate, which should be secured for eligibility to apply for B.Tech admission in IIST is tabulated below-
Extracurricular: Students of IIST take active parts in various extracurricular activities. There are many clubs made by students which organizes different events
1. We, the Stargazers- This is an astronomy club exposes students to the wonders of space.
2. QC (Quiz Club)- This club conducts weekly quiz sessions where members challenge each other on a variety of topics like art, literature, sports, science and technology, films, politics, etc.
3. Physics Club- This club is a gathering ground for students who like to question the challenges of science.
4. Vox Materia (Material Science Club)-This club works Under the Department of Chemistry and focuses on student projects on fabrication and development of advanced materials.
Facilities: IIST is not only a premier institute in academics but it also provides a wide range of requisite facilities for the students that make institute a far better than others. Some of these are following-
The main campus at Valiamala houses the academic area, research laboratories, library and information blocks, computer centre, administrative area, senate cum convocation area, residential area, students activity centre, and a sports complex .
The operations of the library are fully computerised and the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is accessible from anywhere in the campus on 24X7 basis.
E-resources deployed in the campus-wide network contains more than 3000 e-journals, hundreds of conference papers, standards etc.
There are good computing facilities that have been provided for the students:
2.High Performance Computing Lab
3. Programming Lab with 64 Desktop Computers with Heavy duty Printers.
The Sport’s Club organizes interesting and exciting league like IIST Cricket League.
The Badminton Club is also there.
Students can also play football and basketball.
There is a provision of a clinic and IIST has ensured emergency medical care and hospitalization for all its students by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with M/s Ananthapuri Health Services.
Besides all these facilities some other facilities include- Guest House, Studio Apartments, Bank and Post Office, Open Air Theatre, Convocation Complex
Festivals: The following student festivals are organized at IIST every year-
Fee Structure (Scholarship): The complete cost of education in IIST for all the students are funded through an Assistanceship package offered by the Department of Space. The Assistanceship package per student, per semester is as follows-