The Vision is 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.
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.
1. Declared as Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 2. In 2017 IIST was ranked 28th among all engineering institutes, 35th among all universities and 56th overall among all institutions by MHRD in its second NIRF ranking. 3. IIST has a number of international collaborations, both as MOU at the level of institute and faculty-to-faculty collaboration such as collaboration with California Institute of Technology.