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Take Off Your Career Beyond The Earth With Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)

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About Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), situated at Thiruvananthapuram is a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. IIST functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Space, Government of India. The idea of such an institute was mooted keeping in mind the need for high quality manpower for the Indian Space Research Organization, one of world’s leading scientific organizations engaged in space research and space applications. The institute is the first of its kind in the country, to offer high quality education at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels on areas with special focus to space sciences, space technology and space applications.

IIST was formally inaugurated on 14 September 2007 by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman, ISRO and was temporarily housed in the premises of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, very close from where ISRO built and launched its first rocket. Both the founding fathers of the institute, Dr G Madhavan Nair and Dr B.N. Suresh, the latter being the first Director of IIST, played a very important role in the formation of the institute, facilitating its establishment and contributing to its vision. Dr B.N. Suresh piloted the institute from the conception of the idea to its realization in a permanent campus near Thiruvananthapuram in 2010.

Carrying the mantle forward, the next Chairman, ISRO and Chairman, Board of Management, IIST, Dr. K Radhakrishnan and the present Director of IIST, Dr. K.S Dasgupta have been guiding the institute to achieve its mission of creating a unique learning environment enriched by the challenges of the Space exploration, by nurturing the spirit of innovation and creativity. Shri A.S. Kiran Kumar has assumed charge as Secretary, DoS very recently and IIST is looking forward to Shri Kiran Kumar to take the institute to the next higher level of excellence.

DEPARTMENTS 

COURSES AT IIST 

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME 

Seat Matrix for Different Programmes
ProgrammeSeats Available
B.Tech. (Aerospace Engineering)60
B.Tech. (Avionics)60
Dual Degree (B.Tech. + M.S./M.Tech.)20

Reservation of Seats
Candidates belonging to certain categories are admitted to seats reserved based on relaxed criteria as per applicable rules of the Government of India. The categories included are
  • Scheduled Castes (SC) — 15%
  • Scheduled Tribes (ST) — 7.5%
  • Other Backward Castes (OBC) belonging to Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) — 27%
  • Persons with Disabilities (PD) — 3% (Horizontal Reservation)

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology envisions the integration of Space Technology and Space Science educational programs with basic and applied research for meeting the national R&D requirements of Science and Technology in general and of the Indian Space Programme in particular. The institute provides a vibrant research atmosphere and offers Doctoral and Postdoctoral programmes.

In the ‘National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) – India Rankings 2016’ brought out by Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, IIST has been ranked as 8th among the Indian Universities.

Applications are invited every year from highly motivated students for admission to the Postgraduate Programme, in the areas of Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Sciences.

IIST offers M.Tech and M.S programmes in the following disciplines

DepartmentProgramme CodeProgramme
Aerospace EngineeringMAE01M.Tech (Thermal and Propulsion)
MAE02M.Tech (Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics)
MAE03M.Tech (Structures and Design)
AvionicsMAV01M.Tech (RF and Microwave Engineering)
MAV02M.Tech (Digital Signal Processing)
MAV03M.Tech (VLSI and Microsystems)
MAV04M.Tech (Control Systems)
MAV05M.Tech (Power Electronics)
MathematicsMMA01M.Tech (Machine Learning and Computing)
ChemistryMCH01M.Tech (Materials Science and Technology)
PhysicsMPH01M.Tech (Optical Engineering)
MPH02M.Tech (Solid State Technology)
Earth and Space SciencesMES01M.Tech (Earth System Science)
MES02M.Tech (Geoinformatics)
MES03M.S. (Astronomy and Astrophysics)

Fellowship

  • Fellowship will be as per UGC/MHRD norms
  • The M. Tech/M.S students will be required to assist the Departments in academic activities as and when required.
Selection Procedure
  • Every year applications will be received during April – May, only through on-line submission .
  • Number of seats in each programme is 6 (SIX).
  • Reservation of seats for SC/ST/OBC/PWD is applicable as per Govt. of India Orders.
  • The applicants who are shortlisted for M. Tech/M.S programmes are required to appear for a written test/Interview at IIST as the case may be.
  • No TA/DA is admissible for appearing in written test/interview. The shortlisted students are advised to make their own arrangements for travelling and lodging for attending written test/interview in Thiruvananthapuram.
  • List of shortlisted students will be displayed in IIST website. Shortlisted students are required to download call letter from the website www.iist.ac.in
  • Candidates who are employed in Government/Semi Government/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies need to produce a “No Objection Certificate(NOC)” at the time of Interview.
  • All the students have to bring the challan copy for the respective courses at the time of the interview as proof.
  • Students who are selected for the admission have to join the course on the notified date.
  • Classes for the selected MTech/M.S students will tentatively commence on last week of July.
How to Apply
  • Applications should be submitted online only. Applications received online only will be considered for further processing.
  • While applying online, SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)/Persons with Disabilities -PWD candidates should upload the relevant certificate before the prescribed date. Applications will be processed only after the receipt of the above proof online. In other words, non-submission of proof online will lead to rejection of application.
  • While applying online, applicants will not be allowed to make any changes in the profile registration once submitted. Hence utmost care should be taken by the student while filling the profile.
  • The applicants who wish to apply for more than one programme shall exercise their order of preference/option of Post Graduate Programmes, at the time of applying itself. The option once exercised shall be final.
  • If the student is eligible and wishes to apply for more than one Department, he/she has to pay application fee for each Department separately.
  • Application fee is Rs.600 per Department (Rs 300 per Department for SC, ST, PWD and women candidates).
IMPORTANT DATES (Tentative)
Sl. NoEventDate
1Opening of IIST website for online submission of applications– April
2Closing date for online submission of applications– May
3Last Date for Payment of application fee– May
4Display of shortlisted students on website– May
5Tentative Schedule of Interview– June

PHD PROGRAMME

There are two sessions for PHD Programme 

(a) January Session

(b) July Session

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology envisions the integration of Space Technology and Space Science educational programs with basic and applied research for meeting the national R&D requirements of science and technology in general and of the Indian Space Programme in particular. The institute provides a vibrant research atmosphere and offers doctoral and postdoctoral programmes.

‘National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) – India Rankings 2016’ brought out by Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource development, Government of India, IIST has been ranked as 8th among the Indian Universities.

Applications are invited from highly motivated applicants for admission to the Ph.D. Programme starting in January every year, in the areas of Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, Earth and Space Sciences, Chemistry, Humanities, Mathematics, Physics etc.

Fellowship
  • Research Fellowships are as per Government of India norms
  • The scholars will be required to assist the Departments in tutorials / practicals or related academic activities normally limited to 6 hours per week.
Selection Procedure
  • Applications will be received until last date, only through on-line.
  • From the eligible applicants, a short-listing will be done, taking into account their best GATE/NET scores as applicable. However the candidates are advised to enter

  a) GATE score through which the Master’s Degree has been pursued.

    b) Best GATE score if the applicant possesses more than one GATE score.

  • List of short-listed candidates for written test or interview will be tentatively displayed in IIST website every year during May/June.
  • Depending on the number of applicants who have applied, the final selection is based on an interview, which will be conducted at IIST, Thiruvananthapuram during May/June every year. In case of very large number of applicants being shortlisted for PhD admission, a written test will be conducted for shortlisting applicants for the interview. The written test is aimed to evaluate the basic understanding in the relevant area.
  • Selected candidates will be intimated within a week after the final interview. Results will also be tentatively displayed in the IIST website on June-July every year.
  • Outstation candidates will be reimbursed to and fro sleeper class train fare/bus fare by shortest route from the actual place of journey or from the place mentioned in the application to Thiruvananthapuram, or actual fare paid (whichever is less) for attending the interview. If required, the candidates are advised to make their own arrangements for their stay at Thiruvananthapuram, at their cost.
How to Apply
  • Applications shall be submitted online at the IIST website www.iist.ac.in. Applications received online only will be considered for processing under any circumstances.
  • The applicants will not be allowed to make any changes in the profile registration once submitted. Hence utmost care should be taken by the applicant while filling the profile.
  • Application fee is to the extent of Rs. 250/- per Department code (for SC/ST/PWD and Women – Rs.125/- per Department code). If the applicant is eligible and wishes to apply for more than one Department code, he/she has to submit the application and application fee for the respective Department codes separately. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • All the candidates have to bring the Bank challan copy of the respective Department code at the time of the interview as proof.
  • Candidates who are employed in Government/Semi Government/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies need to produce a “No Objection Certificate (NOC)” from the current employer at the time of Interview.
  • SC/ST/OBC/Persons with Disabilities (PWD) candidates shall upload in the website, the relevant certificate before the prescribed date.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES 

Career Opportunities  at IIST 

IIST offers academic programmes and conducts research in various areas that are organized under the following seven departments: Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics and Physics.

The institute strives to provide an excellent academic environment, with good infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, and thus attract people with outstanding academic record to join the faculty.

The institute also has many non-academic personnel in technical and administrative capacities, who ensure its smooth functioning.

 

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