Institute of Space Technology

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Institute of Space Technology
Motto Exploring the Final Frontier
Type Public
Established 2002
Chancellor President of Pakistan
Vice-Chancellor Imran Rahman[1]
Dean Iqbal Rasool Memon[2]
Location Islamabad, PakistanPakistan
Campus 100 acres, Urban
Affiliations Pakistan Engineering Council, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Washington Accord

Institute of Space Technology (also known as IST) is a public university located in Islamabad, Pakistan focused on the study of astronomy, aerospace engineering and astronautics. [3] Established in 2002 under the auspices of the Pakistan National Space Agency. IST offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degrees in partnership of Beihang University and University of Surrey.[3] Since 2008, IST has an ISO certified management standard. IST is based on a 73 acre campus on the outskirts of Islamabad.[3][4]


Institute of Space Technology on 21 November 2013, launched Pakistan's first Cubesat satellite, iCUBE-1, onboard Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny launch base, Russia. Its transmitted signal can be heard on VHF band. It has a mass of 1.1 kg & has a volume of 10 cm cube, it houses several sensors to collect data for scientific purposes. iCUBE-1 is a fully autonomous satellite and is capable of maintaining its health via its on-board computer. iCUBE-1 will open up a wide range of future experiments that can be carried on Cubesat in the domain of imaging, microgravity, biology, nanotechnology, space dynamics, chemistry, space physics and various other fields. Cubesats can also provide a test bed for developing satellite constellations for specific applications.[5][6][7]


Degree programs[edit]

The disciplines and the degree programs offered by IST have been given below. The regular duration of BS and MS / M Phil degree programs is 4 and 2 years, respectively.

Discipline Degree Program
BS / BE[8] MS / M Phil,[9] Ph.D.[10]
Aerospace Engineering Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Avionics Engineering Green tickY
Electrical Engineering Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Materials Science & Engineering Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Mechanical Engineering Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
Space Science Green tickY
Mathematics Green tickY Green tickY


At present, the institute holds the following Departments:

  • Aeronautics & Astronautics[11]
  • Electrical Engineering[12]
  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics[13]
  • Materials Science & Engineering[14]
  • Mechanical Engineering[15]
  • Space Science[16]
  • National Centre for Remote-Sensing & Geo-Informatics[17]
  • Humanities & Sciences[18]

Annual events[edit]

  • IST Youth Carnival (IYC)

It was called as "All-Pakistan Inter University Challenge". IST has organized the Challenge every year for four years. The event attracts participation from the universities/degree awarding institutes/post-graduate colleges in the Rawalpindi/Islamabad area as well as from the cities of Taxila and Peshawar. The event includes over a dozen extracurricular competitions such as dramatics, short film, all-rounder, Mushaira and Battle of the Bands. Recently, the name of this event has now been replaced by IST Youth Carnival, or IYC.[19][20]

  • World Space Week.[21]

In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 4–10 October as World Space Week. Pakistan is endeavoring to enter into the realm of Space Science & Technology and related applications. In past couple of decades IST has seen considerable advances in this field. The success of any space program relies greatly on public understanding and support. IST in collaboration with our National Space Agency (SUPARCO) is communicating the benefits of Space Technology to the public on regular basis. The institute has pioneered the observation of the International World Space Week in Pakistan. Walks, lectures and seminars are arranged in schools and colleges of the Twin-City area by students of IST. The week culminates with a full day variety show at the Institute that includes space quiz, poster competitions, space cinema and a musical concert.



  • ArtIST: promotes the spirit of Art among engineers by organizing painting, sketching, rebel pen, truck art, craft exhibition & Visage Canvas competitions.
  • Hawks Adventure: It is the most famous and active adventure club of Islamabad.
  • Aero Society: for students interested in hobby projects/research related to Aerospace.
  • Communication Society: for students interested in hobby projects/research related to Communications,
  • Material Advantage Chapter: for students interested in hobby projects/research related to Materials Science.
  • IST Media Club: It consists of a team of photographers, graphic designers, video editors, programmers, digital artists, writers and social media experts whose job is to market and publicize the events and happening in IST.
  • Pegasus: a bi-monthly, bilingual (English/Urdu) magazine that encourages students to hone their literary skills.
  • News Corridor: campus newsletter covering happenings in the institution.
  • Fidens: The Adventure Club - for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • I4Gx : E-Gaming Society
  • AOUJ: Performing Arts Club - for the promotion of drama, acting and dance.
  • Sports Society: oversees the inter-university and intra-university sports fixtures.
  • Umeed: a philanthropic organization that helps underprivileged students in the Twin-City area.
  • Blood Donor Club: organizes an annual blood donation camp.
  • Environmental Club: raises awareness and takes concrete measures for environmental protection.
  • MATHEMA: The mathematics society of IST - Aims to provide enrichment and challenges for students of IST who demonstrate strong interest in mathematics.
  • SPAM: Student Magazine,
  • Goonj: The Music Society - promotes music and music teaching. Arranges musical performances.
  • Space Society:Promotes research and development in Astronautics, GIS, RS, Satellite Communication and Astronomy
  • Awaz: The Debating Society- promotes art of public speaking and communication skills of students

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c "About IST". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Google maps of IST". Google maps. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Pakistan's first Cubesat iCUBE-1 launched from Russia". 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Pakistan's first Cubesat satellite iCUBE-1 launched". 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  7. ^ "IST launches Pakistans first Cubesat satellite |Pakistan". Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  8. ^ "Undergraduate Degrees Programs". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  9. ^ "Graduate Degrees Programs". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  10. ^ "Postgraduate Degrees Programs". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  11. ^ "Department Of Aeronautics and Astronautics". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  12. ^ "Department of Electrical Engineering". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Department Of Applied Mathematics & Statistics". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  14. ^ "Department Of Materials Science & Engineering". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  15. ^ "Department Of Mechanical Engineering". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  16. ^ "Department Of Space Science". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  17. ^ "Department Of National Centre for Remote-Sensing & Geo-Informatics". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  18. ^ "Department Of Humanities & Sciences". IST official Website. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  19. ^ "IST Youth Carnival starts". 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  20. ^ "Youth carnival starts at IST". 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  21. ^ "World Space Week: People throng IST to see beyond the skies". 2016-11-09. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 

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