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An Introductory Note On The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)

Dr. Rajesh Joseph Abraham

IISTEstablished by the Department of Space, Government of India, the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), is a ‘Deemed to be University’ under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. The institute offers undergraduate (Avionics, Aerospace Engineering and Physical Sciences), post-graduate, doctoral and post doctoral programs in niche areas of space science, technology and applications.

IIST is Asia’s first space institute. The institute remains wholly committed to a culture of excellence of the highest order in teaching, scholarship and research. IIST fosters state-of-the-art and up-to-date research and development in space studies and creates a think-tank to explore new directions for the Indian space program. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is the Chancellor of the Institute.

The Institute provides excellent infrastructure and has faculty members with high academic credentials and research experience in India and overseas. The opportunity for close collaboration with the stalwarts in space science and the flexibility of developing one’s own research ideas make IIST an ideal environment for motivated B. Tech. students. Wide range of opportunities exists for students to access cutting-edge technologies and state-of-the art facilities in a variety of national laboratories.

The Institute has faculty strength of 100; about 700 students from various parts of the country are pursuing undergraduate, post-graduate courses and doctoral programs. IIST is a residential institution located at Valiamala, about 20 km from Thiruvananthapuram city (Trivandrum).
Admissions to IIST are done on purely merit basis and students are admitted on the basis of Joint Entrance Examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology.

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Dr. Rajesh Joseph Abraham is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Avionics at IIST.