Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) is a government-aided institute and deemed university for the study and research of space science, located at Valiamala, Nedumangad Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is the first university in Asia to be solely dedicated to the study and research of Outer space. It was inaugurated on 14 September 2007 by G. Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman of ISRO. IIST was set up by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) under the Department of Space, Government of India. IIST offers regular engineering undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate programs with a focus on space science, technology, and applications. It secured rank 23 on an annual ranking of engineering institution done by NIRF.
IIST is central government-funded institutions and fee structure are decided by the Human Resource Development ministry of India.
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The placements in this college are different from another college. In this college, till 2017 all the students who have CGPA above or equal to 7.5 were placed in ISRO. For the M.Tech students, this college placement cell is active but not much. The toppers of each branch get chance to MS at MIT. According to last year data, there were 140 students in the final year, out of the 104 were placed in ISRO as scientists. In the 3rd year, all student gets the inter under the center of ISRO. Few other Recruiters also visit for placement.
Average Package – 4.5 LPA
Highest Package – 10 LPA