Institute of Space Technology

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Institute of Space Technology
Motto Exploring The Final Frontier
Established 2002
Chancellor President of Pakistan
Vice-Chancellor Imran Rahman
Dean Dr. Muddassar Farooq
Patron in Chief President of Pakistan
Location Islamabad, Pakistan
Campus 72 acres, Urban
Colors Federal Blue, Deep Sky Blue
Affiliations Pakistan Engineering Council, Higher Education Commission
Website IST Official Website

Institute of Space Technology (also known as IST) is a chartered degree-awarding university located in Islamabad, Pakistan. It was established in 2002 under the auspices of the Pakistan National Space Agency. IST offers undergraduate and postgraduate education, and produces scientists and engineers in the field of Space Technology. It is one of the leading universities of the Pakistan. In short span of time, it has achieved a lot of success in the field of science, research and Engineering. Its mechanical Engineering is one of the best in Pakistan.

The university is determined to expand the public's awareness in the field of space and space technology. IST also bears the title of being the only institute of its kind in the entire Muslim World[citation needed].


IST is considered as one of the best universities in the field of Space Technology in South Asia[citation needed]. IST launched I-Cube Satellite[when defined as?] in November 2013 from Russia and became first university of south Asia which has accomplished this mission so far[citation needed]. It is ranked by HEC as the 6th best university of Engineering & Technology in Pakistan.[1]


The past century was host to many technological advancements resulting in a gradual progression towards the betterment of society. With the inception of Space Age, the technology of Space science as such; was convinced as being a vital force behind these advancements and had revolutionized them.

In this backdrop, it was decided to establish an educational institution that would impart specialized knowledge & education in the particular fields of space and related sciences. Under these concepts the Institute of Space Technology was founded in September 2002 offering undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Communication Systems Engineering as its core disciplines.


Main article: ICube-1

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.[2][3]

Spokesperson IST Raza Butt said, "iCUBE-1 has been launched in a polar orbit, 600Km above the surface of the Earth, and is designed to take low resolution images of Earth and other space objects." Initially, iCUBE-1 will transmit a Continuous Wave Morse coded beacon with message "iCUBE-1 First CubeSat of Pakistan." [4][5][6]


In a short span of time since inception, the institute introduced new disciplines and departments, and established an additional campus at Karachi with the name of National Centre for Remote-Sensing and Geo-Informatics, or NCRG. The institute also collaborated with foreign universities of China and United Kingdom for economically granting the students with foreign degrees of Master and PhD programs.

The foreign universities include


At present, the institute holds the following Departments of

  • Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space Science
  • National Centre for Remote-Sensing & Geo-Informatics
  • Humanities & Sciences

Undergraduate degree programs (local)[edit]

The undergraduate degree programs are all offered at IST, Islamabad campus. They include

Postgraduate degree programs (local and linked)[edit]

The postgraduate degree programs offered at IST, Islamabad campus are

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Communication Engineering

The postgraduate degree programs offered at IST, Karachi campus are

  • Remote-Sensing & Geo-Information Science
  • Geo-Informatics
  • Spatial Information Technology

The Linked postgraduate degree programs offered at Beihang University, China are

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Satellite Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering

The Linked postgraduate degree program at Northwestern Polytechnical University, China is

  • Aerospace Engineering

The Linked postgraduate degree program at University of Surrey, UK is

  • Satellite Communications Engineering

PhD programs (linked)[edit]

The Linked PhD program offered at Beihang University, China is

  • Aeronautics & Astronautics

The Linked PhD program offered at Northwestern Polytechnical University, China is

  • Aeronautics & Astronautics



  • Aero Society: for students interested in hobby projects/research related to Aerospace.
  • Communication Society: for students interested in hobby projects/research related to Communications,
  • Materials Science Society: 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.
  • ArtIST: promotes the spirit of Art among engineers by organizing painting, sketching, rebel pen,truck art,craft exhibition & Visage Canvas competitions.
  • 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.
  • Planteers: The philanthropic Society - to help the needy ones in the twin city.
  • Space Society:Promotes research and development in Astronautics,GIS,RS,Satellite Communication and Astronomy

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.

  • World Space Week

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Higher Education Commission, Pakistan". 
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