Friday, July 25, 2008
The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), the space science school set up by the Indian Space ResearchOrganisation (ISRO) in Thiruvananthapuram, has been cleared for the deemed university status. A deemed university status will, among other things, confer upon the institute autonomy and the institute can issue degrees. Inaugurated on September 14, 2007, the IIST is only the third institution of its kind after Caltech, US,and the International Space University, Strasbourg, France.The IIST, which has currently opened admissions to its second batch, offers three streams including avionics, aerospace engineering and Integrated Masters in Applied Sciences. The first batch at the IIST has 138 students.