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Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram


  • State : Kerala
  • City : Trivandrum
  • Status : Self-Finance University

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram

IIST is Asia’s first Space Institute and the first in the world to offer the complete range of undergraduate, post graduate, doctoral programmes with specific focus to space science, technology and applications.

This unique concept took root in January 2007, when IIST was registered as a Society under the Travancore -Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. IIST received the approval of  the Union Cabinet on 26 April, 2007 and it was formally inaugurated on 14 September 2007 by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair. In a little less than a year of its establishment, IIST received the recognition of UGC as a ‘Deemed to be University’ under Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956.

The Institute has the unique mandate of encouraging and equipping brilliant youngsters from all parts of the country to take up a career as Scientist/Engineer in the Indian Space Research Organisation. IIST functions as a autonomous body under the Department of Space, Government of India.


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.
Nurture the spirit of innovation and creativity.
Establish Centres of Excellence in niche areas.
Provide ethical and value based education.
Promote activities to address societal needs.
Network with national and international institutions of repute.

Major Milestones:

The major milestones accomplished since the beginning are as given below:

  • Approval of Space Commission received on November 8, 2006.
  • The Institute was registered as a Society under Travancore-Cochin Societies Registration Act on 3-01-2007.
  • The Union Cabinet approved setting up of the Institute, on April 26, 2007.
  • The Institute was inaugurated on 14th September 2007.
  • MHRD/UGC and AICTE granted sanction for the Institute to function as ‘Deemed to be University’ vide Notification:No.F.9-16/2007-U.3(A) dated 3rd July 2008.
  • Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam appointed as Chancellor, IIST.
  • Institute’s Campus at Valiamala inauguarated on 25th August 2009 by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
  • Foundation stone laid for Space Science Complex at Ponmudi by the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India on 31st October 2009.
  • Institute’s Campus at Valiamala started functioning as a full fledged learning-centre from 16th August 2010.
Contact Address :

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology
Dept.of Space, Govt.of India
Valiamala P.O., Thiruvananthapuram – 695 547 Kerala, INDIA

Important Contacts :
  Telephone Fax eMail
Public Relations Office +91-471-2568-453 +91-471-2568-462 pro(a)iist.ac.in
General Administration +91-471-2568-452   sao(a)iist.ac.in
Hostel Office +91-471-2112-021 +91-472-2879-165 hostelaffairs(a)iist.ac.in


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