The campus is located at Valiamala,about 25 kms from Thiruvananthapuram city, on the way to the famous hill resort of Ponmudi. The sitemap has two campuses planned spread over a total area of around 100 acres situated close to the foot hills of Sahyadri ranges. At present, the Academic campus which also houses the student hostels is nearing completion.
The institute provides full-fledged infrastructure of international standards to develop an excellent academic and research atmosphere. Modern environment friendly buildings of unique architecture merge well with the surrounding forest area. The academic activities spread across four blocks – Aerospace, Physical Sciences, Avionics and Interdisciplinary. Of these the first two are fully functional and host all the seven departments. The Academic blocks are equipped with spacious lecture halls and well-designed research and curriculum laboratories. The Academic blocks also house the offices of the faculty members and research scholars. An imposing Library building is centrally located. IIST also has an Astronomical Observatory situated on the roof top of the Physical Sciences building.
Offices of the Director, Deans and Registrar are centrally located in the arc-shaped elegant Administrative block. All the administrative offices are housed in this block.
IIST is planned to be a fully residential campus with all facilities. Presently, the residential wing for the students is complete. The faculty and staff residential campus along with the stadium and sports complexes will be taken up in the next phase of construction. The campus has 11 hostels and two mess halls for the students. There is a Medical Centre with qualified doctors and nurses which operates 24 x 7. An ambulance is available in the campus for emergencies. Tie up with premier hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram ensures that all students are provided excellent medical attention when required.
The campus is self sufficient with a bank, ATM outlet, bookstore, cafeteria and eatery joints. Adequate security arrangements are in place to ensure a secured campus.
Proper local bus connectivity is available to the city of Thiruvananthapuram. Apart from this, IIST offers transport facility for the movement of faculty and staff. Students are also provided transport facility to and from the city during holidays and weekends.
Rain water harvesting is another important initiative at IIST in making the campus eco-friendly.
The Institute also has its extended campus in Ponmudi hills. A fully functional Climate observatory is established there. A lecture complex and a guest house are also in the plan.
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