Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)
Indian Institute of Space
Science and Technology (IIST) is an institute being established with the
objective of offering under graduate, post graduate and doctoral
educational programmes to meet the requirements of Indian Science Research
Organization (ISRO). In addition to the regular curriculum, the courses
will have special modules tailored to space technology and space science.
IIST would share the resources and special facilities of ISRO apart from
creating its own infrastructure to integrate its research activities with
the national space programmes.
Indian Institute of Space
Science and Technology (IIST) is an
institute being established with the objective of offering under graduate,
post graduate and doctoral educational programmes to meet the high
technology requirements of Indian Space Research Organizaton (ISRO). In
addition to the regular curriculum, the courses will have special modules
tailored to space technology and space science.
IIST will create its own full-fledged infrastructure to develop an
excellent research atmosphere. Apart from this students will have
privileged access to advanced facilities of ISRO to carry out high
technology research in space technology and science.
IIST will be a residential institute and is being developed on a
picturesque site in Ponmudi near Thiruvananthapuram
The institute offers
Bachelors Degree in Technology with specialization in Avionics, and
Aerospace Engineering and Integrated Masters Programme in Applied Sciences
with special emphasis on Space related subjects.
The curriculum for the four year under graduate programme in technology in
two specializations will be custom built keeping the high technology
requirements of ISRO in mind. The curriculum for the undergraduate
programme will be framed by utilizing the curriculum taught in IITs and
other premier institutions in the area of Electronics & Communication,
Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. The first year syllabus shall be
common to all students. Second year and third year will have engineering
stream curriculum and the fourth year curriculum will be developed as
optional credits by careful selection of credits suiting the hitech
requirements of ISRO. Optional credits during the final year will be a
combination of specialized subjects, which are relevant to Space
Technology. The Academic Council will address the curriculum in a detailed
The curriculum for the five year Integrated Masters in Applied Science
will have rich contents of theoretical science in first three years while
last two years will have specialization in Astronomy and Astrophysics,
Atmospheric Science, Material Science and Remote Sensing & GIS with
stress on experimental studies.
IIST is a registered
Society under the Department of Space , Govt. of India and will have “
denovo deemed to be University” status under UGC act. Department of
Space will provide the necessary financial support to meet the expenditure
of the institute.
The Board of Management is the apex decision-making authority of IIST. The
Board of Management has members from ISRO, Academia and other leading
personalities in the area of education and research.
Various committees and bodies will support the Board of Management.
Academic council shall be the principal academic body of the institute.
As contained in the Memorandum of Association of the Society, the academic
council shall be responsible for the maintenance of the standards of
education, teaching, research, examination, and evaluation system within
the institute. The Academic Senate will oversee the academic activities of
the institute which will be chaired by the Director of the institute.
During the initial phase, the institute will have the expert services of
an Advisory Committee, which will comprise of the senior faculty members
of the institute, members from ISRO and other academicians to help in
development of academics.
The institute will also have a Finance Committee, which will have the
overall responsibilities of maintaining a sound financial system in the
institute. The institute will have a Planning and Monitoring Board, which
will guide and advise the institute on financial and developmental
A Works Committee will guide the planning and development of the institute
campus to meets its objectives
The Director of the institute is the chief academician and executive who
will guide the programmes of the institute.
The institute shall
be open to all Indian citizens. No test or condition shall be imposed
as to religious belief or occupation in admitting or appointing
members, students, teachers, and workers or in any other connection
No capitation fee
shall be charged in any form in consideration of admission.
The Institute shall
accept no benefaction that involves conditions and obligations opposed
to the spirit and objects of the institution.
meet the cost of education, will be provided to all students who meet
the performance standard set by the Institute with a condition to
serve ISRO for a period of 5 years
The admission to IIST
will be based on Personal Counselling. IIST will intimate all the students
placed in the extended list of IIT-JEE 2007 along with detailed
prospectus. Students will be requested to register online for counselling
only on receipt of prospectus.
Director of IIST shall be
the ex-officio member secretary of the Board of Management
Board of Management
The Indian Institute of
Space Science and Technology will be a fully residential institute located
in Ponmudi near Thiruvananthapuram.
The campus shall house academic area, research laboratories, library and
information area, computer centre, administrative area, senate cum
convocation area, residential area for faculty & support staff, hostel
with mess facility for students and studio type apartments for research
fellows, students activity centre etc. All the students enrolling in the
institute will have the privilege of access to world class ISRO libraries
All the students will be provided with accommodation in the hostel whereas
doctoral and postdoctoral fellows will be provided with studio apartments.
A guesthouse is planned for visiting scientists, visiting professors,
visiting faculty and other experts visiting the campus. The campus will
also have support services buildings, primary health care center, health
club and other students’ amenities centre.
The KV school located in Thiruvananthapuram shall facilitate the schooling
requirement of the children of faculty and support staff.
All the students who
successfully complete the academic programme with a minimum first class
will be absorbed as Scientist/Engineer SC in the pay scale of Rs.
8000-275-13500 (likely to be revised) in ISRO with a service condition of
Technology (4 year)
Integrated Masters in
Applied Science(5 year)
All the candidates
who are placed in the extended list of IIT JEE 2007 are eligible to
apply in the first phase.
The candidates who
are qualified with an IIT JEE 2007 Rank will be eligible to apply in
the second phase (after the completion of IIT seat counseling),
provided they have not selected an IIT seat.
Separate hostels for
ladies and gents
Open Air Theatre
Bank and Post Office
Mini Shopping Arcade
The academic area of the
institute will have lecture halls, laboratory space, computing facility,
faculty offices, meeting rooms, seminar halls, counseling halls. All the
departments will have separate state of the art digital connectivity,
which would enable online interaction with e-learning modules. An
excellent library with more than 1 lakh acquisition capacity with both
digital and conventional accessions and a computerized information center
is also planned to support the students and faculty reference
Administrative area will have offices for Director, Registrar, Finance
Committee, Works committee, senate hall, auditorium, finance and stores
department. A separate convocation complex is also planned to support the
annual convocation and frequently organized technical seminars.
Residential area will have separate blocks for hostel with separate mess
for ladies and gents, faculty housing, guest house and studio apartments
for visiting faculty, research fellows. Separate suites are planned for
Director and other VVIP visiting the campus. Open air theatre, sports
complex, banking and postal facilities and mini shopping arcade will also
form part of the complex.
The institute will have uninterrupted power supply drawn from state grid
as well as its own captive generation. The institute will have its own
water treatment plant, substation, air-condition plant, captive power
station and other critical infrastructure. The campus will have its own
rain harvesting facility for charging the ground water resources as well
as to meet its own water requirements.
The institute will have a
very close technical and professional interaction with ISRO to share the
specialized infrastructure and expertise, which are essential for its
academic programmes. IIST will be located near Thiruvananthapuram, where
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre the two
major Centres of ISRO are located.
The campus is likely to be fully ready in a couple of years. Till such
time, a full fledged campus will be located adjunct to Vikram Sarabhai
Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, a center of excellence for the design
and realization of launch vehicles
main campus, planned in the picturesque location in Ponmudi hill station
is located 55 kilometers from Trivandrum Central Railway Station.
The present campus is adjunct to Vikram Sarabhai
Space Centre located on the Veli Hills which is 12 kilometers from
Trivandrum Central Railway Station and 4 Kilometers from Trivandrum
IIST will create its own
full-fledged infrastructure to develop an excellent research atmosphere.
Apart from this students will have privileged access to advanced
facilities of ISRO to carry out high technology research in space
technology and science.
b emphasis will be placed on publishing results of the research activities
in the international and national repute journals. The Board of Management
in close association with ISRO will develop the research policy framework.
The institute will strive to maintain the standard in terms of publication
record. Scientist/Engineers from ISRO and other leading R & D
organizations will be invited to participate in the research activities as
visiting scientists, visiting professors, and adjunct faculty members.