Engineering deals with design and development of
aircrafts, launch vehicles, and
spacecrafts. Unlike most traditional ground
based systems, optimality and reliability are of
paramount importance in such systems. This
necessitates accurate theoretical and
experimental analyzes of a variety of phenomena,
and performance predictions of a variety of
complex systems. Aerospace Engineering is the
discipline which is closest to what is popularly
known as “Rocket Science”.
sub-disciplines under Aerospace Engineering are
(a) Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics, (b)
Thermal and Propulsion, (c) Design and
Structures, and (d) Materials and
At the B.Tech.
level they teach basic courses like Mechanics,
Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics,
Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Materials
Science, and applied courses like Aerodynamics,
Gas Dynamics, Propulsion, Atmospheric and
Spaceflight Mechanics, Theory of Machines,
Aerospace Structures, and Manufacturing
Processes. M.Tech. course would impart rigorous
foundations and in depth knowledge through more
advanced courses. Ph.D. scholars are engaged in
solving open problems, contributing to the
growth of knowledge in Aerospace Engineering and
Aerospace Engineering are equipped to undertake
challenging work in the Aerospace Engineering
Industry, on crucial aspects like propulsion
systems, aerodynamic design, structural systems,
precision manufacturing, etc. Most of them
would join the Indian Space Research
Organization and contribute to the national
space programme. They could also take up jobs
outside ISRO, in entities like HAL, DRDOs, and
ancillary industries related to the Aerospace
sector. Having undergone most courses a
Mechanical Engineering graduate would, they can
also take up jobs in the automotive sector,
Power sector, Manufacturing sector, R&D
aerospace engineering courses at the BE/ B.Tech.
and M.Tech. level are offered only by a few
institutions or colleges in India.
Institutes of Technology (IITs) are among the
best centres that offer a four-year fulltime
B.Tech. degree in aerospace engineering. The
discipline is available in the IITs in Chennai,
Mumbai, Kanpur and Kharagpur. A five-year M.Tech.
dual degree course in the discipline is also
offered by the four IITs. The admission to these
courses is based on an all India level IIT joint
entrance examination conducted every year across
the country. In Kerala, Kochi,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Thrissur will
be the test centres.
test will consist of two papers of three-hour
duration. Paper I and II will each have three
separate sections on physics, chemistry, and
mathematics. Both papers will be of objective
type, and is designed to test the comprehension
and analytical abilities of students. Students
who have passed their Plus Two examination with
at least 60 per cent marks in aggregate are
eligible to apply.
test is conducted every year in April. More
details about the course can be collected from
the web site of IITs — IIT Madras (www.iitm.ac.in),
IIT Bombay (www.iitb.ac.in), IIT Kanpur (www.iitk.ac.in)
and Kharagpur (www.iitkgp.ernet.in).
IIST-The Indian Institute of Space Science and
Technology , Valiyamala, Thiruvananthapuram,
under the Indian Space Research Organisation, is
one of the prominent centres for studying B.Tech./M.Tech
& Phd course in aerospace engineering.
Amrita School of Engineering, Ettimadai,
Coimbatore, offers four-year B.Tech. degree
course in aerospace engineering. Students who
have passed their Plus Two examination with
physics, chemistry, and mathematics can apply.
The selection is based on an entrance test. Web