Situated at the southern tip of the country, the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) was established in 2007, by G Madhavan the then Chairman of ISRO at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. It is a government-aided institute and deemed university for the study and research of space science. To add to that, IIST is the first university in Asia to be solely dedicated to the study and research of outer space. IIST was set up by the (ISRO) under the Department of Space, Government of India. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, was the Chancellor of IIST.
A state-of-the-art residential campus built in Valiamala houses over 150 students. The college has approximately 600 undergraduates and a number of student integrated clubs and festivals that cater to their interests. To name a few, AeroClub, Stargazers, Quiz Club and Vox Materia as well as Conscientia and Dhanak allow the young minds to put forth their knowledge in the sphere of co-curricular activities and spans all facets of cultural activity, including dramatics, fine arts, literature, quizzing, music, dance, film-making, and photography