Science and Technology
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram

The institute is functioning in the specially created premises in the Campus of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. It has well established classrooms, hostels, and library and computer facilities. The institute has started functioning with undergraduate programmes in technology with specialization in Avionics and Aerospace Engineering and Applied Science. The education in this institute is focused on high technology research work incorporated to ISRO Centers. The Institute offers Undergraduate, Post-Graduate and Doctoral programmes in Space Science, Space Technology and Space Applications. It also provides post-doctoral fellowship.
The institute also is offering modern methods of learning including practical, tutorial and lectures in its curriculum. It makes use of R&D infrastructure of the Department of Space apart from creating its own resources to train the young mind in high technology areas. The institute creates the most innovative learning atmosphere using communication and technology. It develops an excellent academic and research atmosphere. The institute is also gifted with faculty members of fine academic excellence. They help to make an excellent scholastic atmosphere. The students here will have the opportunity to interact with the eminent scientists.
It will have the special satellite based connectivity with higher bandwidth for distant education delivery from premier institutions as well as research laboratories.
It will soon have a permanent campus at Valiamala, 18 kms from Thiruvananthapuram Railway station adjacent to ISRO. The new campus will have research laboratories, Library and Information area, Computer Centre, Administrative area, senate cum convocation area, residential area for faculty & support staff, hostels and studio type apartments for research fellows, students activity centre etc....more


Indian Space Research Organization [ISRO] 

Government of India set up Space Commission and Department of Space (DOS) in June 1972. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) under DOS executes Space programme through its establishments located in different places in India.
Main objective of space programme includes development of satellites, launch vehicles, Sounding Rockets and associated ground systems. It has developed satellites like Aryabhata, Bhaskara , Rohini,and Apple And Launch vehicles – SLV-3 and ASLV.
The operational space systems of ISRO include Indian National Satellite [INSAT] for telecommunication, television broadcasting, meteorology and disaster warning and Indian Remote Sensing Satellite [IRS] for resources monitoring and management. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle,[PSLV] used for launching satellites and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle [GSLV], indented for launching INSAT class of Satellites. 
Space Science activities of ISRO include SROSS and IRS-P3 satellites, participation in international science campaigns and ground systems like MST Radar.
Chandrayaan-1, India’s first spacecraft mission beyond Earth’s orbit, aims to further expand our knowledge about Earth’s only natural satellite the moon.
ISRO's co-operative arrangements cover several countries and space agencies.
ISRO provides training in space field to personnel from other countries.
ISRO's hardware and services available commercially through Antrix Corporation.....more


Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Thiruvananthapuram

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre is ISRO’s lead Centre for launch vehicles, with its expertise in design, development and realization of sounding rockets and launch vehicles. It has earned considerable expertise in design, development and integration of satellite launch vehicles for various missions; technology development, qualification and realization of various sub-systems; realization of components materials, chemicals and components, avionics, control systems, aeronautics and solid propulsion; precision fabrication; establishing and maintaining state of-the-art infrastructure within VSSC and industry; technology transfer and exploring areas for spin off technologies; specialization in launch vehicle projects management; advanced R&D in areas of relevance to satellite launch vehicles; self reliance in launch vehicle technology with the full use of industry and academic institutions and through a planned technology transfer process including spin-offs; and design, development and realization of identified spacecraft subsystems for ISRO’s satellite program.

VSSC has its own contributions in the continuing expansion of space applications programs like village resources centers, tele-medicine, tele-education, disaster management support and outreach through direct-to-home television, India’s first mission to Moon- Chandrayaan-1, etc. Thus the Centre is agog with activities that continue to pursue successful goals on all fronts in meeting the larger objective: achieving self-reliance in space technology and its applications for national development.....more


Rajeev Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology(RGCB)

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology(RGCB) is undoubtedly Kerala’s flagship for Biotechnology Research & Development. Our vision is to translate biotechnology to deliver-

• Improvements in human health and well being
• Safer and more globally competitive spices and nutraceuticals
• Industrial growth through biotechnology
• Human resource development

RGCB understands the strategic importance in Kerala’s and India’s quest to become a leading knowledge-based economy The Institution seeks to strengthen competitiveness to permit growth and the creation of highly skilled manpower. Hence, its driving force is critical well-defined and focused research, which will expand the new knowledge base in biotechnology.....more


IISER Thiruvananthapuram Indian Institute Of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram

Indian Institute Of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram (IISER-TVM) is dedicated to scientific research and science education of international standards.

Established in 2008 by the Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), based on the recommendation of Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, IISER-TVM is an autonomous institution awarding five year integrated MS degree in addition to Ph.D degrees in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and inter-disciplinary areas. The emphasis will be to develop a spirit of research cutting across disciplines from the beginning itself.

IISER-TVM is temporarily located in the Computer Science building of the College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET). The permanent campus of 200 acres will be built at Vithura, at the foothills of the Ponmudi hills of the Western Ghats, about 40Kms from Thiruvananthapuram.

Land for IISER Thiruvananthapuram (about 200 acres) is also being identified at Vithura, a picturesque town at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Vithura is located within 30 km from the city and is near to the famous tourist spot Ponmudi. The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), a new institute of the Department of Space, Govt, of India, will be within few kilometers from IISER.....more


Thiruvananthapuram Observatory
The observatory is located at the highest point in the city (60mt above sea level), near the museum complex. Built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal in 1837, this is one of the oldest observatories in India. There is a well laid out garden in front of the hill with a beautiful rose collection. From here, one can have a bird's eye view of the city. It is now under the Department of Physics, Kerala University.

The Thiruvananthapuram Observatory stands on a hill, about 60 feet high, and 200 feet above the level of sea from which it is distant, in a straight line, about two miles. It commands an extensive and beautiful view of an undulating and finely variegated country towards north, the east, and the south-and of the sea horizon to the west. The eastern view is terminated by the Ghat Mountains.

.The Observatory that functions today as part of the Department of Physics, University of Kerala, commenced its operations in 1837 and is one of the oldest of its kind in modern India. It owes its origin to the initiative and vision of Sri Swati Tirunal (1829-46), the versatile Maharaja of Travancore who himself, a keen student of Astronomy. . 
The Maharaja also took special interest in equipping it with the best instruments available at the time in Europe. The maharaja made it possible with the help of Mr.Caldecott, the commercial agent of Travencore Government. He was appointed first Director of the observatory.
With modern facilities like 11-inch telescope, CCD camera, Sun workstations, image processing facility and collaboration with national programmes, the Observatory will grow as one of the important centres in astronomy and related fields in our country. The sky watching programmes for students, teachers and the public in the evenings is being conducted on all working days. This endeavour may fulfill the dream of Maharaja Swati Tirunal in establishing a center of learning in astronomy at Thiruvananthapuram.....more


Kerala State Science & Technology Museum 
It was established in 1984 .It is an autonomous organization set up by the Government of kerala to serve as a dynamic medium of science communication for the public and for inculcating a sense of enquiry and scientific temperament in the minds of the young .This is also a study cum recreation centre and an important tourist attraction. ....more


Priyadarshini Planetarium
This is one of the most sophisticated and versatile planetaria in India. This fabulous planetarium complex has a centrally air conditioned Sky theatre of planetarium, Conference hall, Workshops, Sound - studio etc. PRIYADARSINI Planetarium is rated as one of the best horizontal domed planetaria of global standards. It has a seating capacity of 184.
Planetarium reveals the wonder world of astronomy,staggering distance from the outer space is eliminated and here before your eyes, is displayed the exciting universe.

The Priyadarshini Planetarium is situated within the Kerala State Science and Technology Museum premises in Thiruvananthapuram. It is one of the most sophisticated and versatile planetariums in India. The marvellous planetarium complex has a centrally air-conditioned sky theatre, conference hall, workshops and a sound-studio.
The planetarium, rated as one of the best horizontal domed planetariums by global standards, has a seating capacity of 184 persons. The planetarium organises various science-related shows, the best example being – “Man and the Universe", which deals with the origin and different stages of development of astronomy, the structure of different planets and the origin of the Universe.....more


Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI), Pacha-Palode, Trivandrum, India

Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI), is 40 km from the state capital, Trivandrum.

TBGRI occupies 300 acres of formerly degraded forest and cassava cultivation. The Arboretum's major collection is that of Ficus, with 61 species grown, including the banyan (Ficus benghalensis), a tree revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. There are also examples of species of economic value such as fig (Ficus carica) and rubber (Ficus elastica).

The Plant Biotechnology Division at TBGRI has given Vanda coerulea high priority within the conservation programme, a position readily deserved since V. coerulea is listed in Appendix I of CITES and is included in the IUCN lists of Rare and Endangered Plants of India. Micro propagation techniques utilize meristematic leaf-bases and leaves to multiply populations that are then available for a comprehensive recovery strategy.

At a local community level, the Institute's staff are working amongst local tribes people. The scientist's aim is both to assess a tribal group's dependence upon naturally occurring medicines and to make use of the potential within modern science. The garden's collection of medicinal plants is represented by 700 species.

TBGRI operates in the shadow of cost-cutting exercises, a scenario all too familiar to the international botanic garden community....more


 CTCRI - Central for Tuber Crops Research Institute
 CTCRI started functioning as a research institute under ICAR in July 1963 with its Head quarters at Sreekariyam, near Thiruvananthapuram.It has one regional center, which is functioning in Bhubaneswar.

The All India Coordinated research project on Tuber crops operates from this   institute  and   is having  fifteen  centres.

spread throughout the Tuber crop growing areas of India.The Institute is also one of the centres of All India Coordinated Research Project on Harvest and Post harvest technologies....more