Research at Bahria University

Research at BU is focused and aligned with the national and international applied research requirements and standards. The innovation development aspect in research is germinated in institutions of higher learning, which can ultimately guide the industry at times when we observe strong tendencies of a globalisation of R&D.


3 Campuses, 16,500+ Students, 1400 Faculty Members, 2 Business Incubation Centers and 1 Business Accelerator Center.

Bahria Innovation Center

Bahria Innovation Center (BIC), Islamabad are committed towards building a strong entrepreneurial eco-system for nurturing innovation for Startups in Pakistan.

Featured Incubator

Incubation Center at BU has been duly recognized by the world bank in its independent annual report as the top four University Incubators in the region.

Research Thematic Areas

While the expertise of BU researchers spans across variety of domains ranging from Engineering, Computer Science and Earth/Environmental Sciences to Law, Media, Social Sciences, Psychology and Medical Sciences, following ten major areas of research are under focus of BU and its researchers:


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News & Notifications


  • December 3, 2019 |

Bahria University has the policy of Best Faculty and Student Researcher Award for the faculty and students of BU, which has been implemented since 2013.

Best Faculty & Student Researcher Award – 2019 will be awarded on the basis of the faculty/students’ research endeavors from 1st January, 2019 to 31st December, 2019.

Policy for Best Faculty & Student Researcher Award Policy alongwith the application forms including Scoring Sheet (forms No. BUORIC-F02 & BUORIC-F03) are attached below.

In light of the policy, Regular Faculty and Students of BU are strongly encouraged to apply for Best Faculty & Student Researcher Award – 2019 on the attached forms through proper channel, latest by 13th January, 2020. The same will be evaluated and processed for the approval of the Honorable Rector.

Faculty members and students are requested to read the guidelines/instructions carefully mentioned in the application forms before applying for the said award.

Attachments for Downloads

– Policy for Best Faculty Researcher Award
– Policy for Best Student Researcher Award
– Applications Form for Best Faculty Researcher Award 2019
– Application Form for Best Student Researcher Award 2019

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  • November 5, 2019 |

It is our great honor and pleasure to announce that “Assan Ticket”, a Startup at Business Incubation Center, Bahria University Islamabad, has secured grant of Rs 2.6 Million from the USAID SMEA (Small Medium Enterprise Activity). USAID SMEA is a ‘5-year program to support and strengthen the SME sector of Pakistan. It targets increase in sales, jobs, fostering entrepreneurship and increased sectoral contribution to GDP. The program is designed to work with small and medium ICT enterprises and startups who require support in technical skills, marketing and market access, bank credit and loans and business and growth planning.

Assan Ticket an initiative of Arif Hussain and Qaim Ali hailing from region of Astor and Shighar, is digitizing the ticketing system for the travelers of Gilgit Baltistan and aims to lay an online platform for ticket booking and safe traveling. Business Incubation Center, Bahria University Islamabad has been working on bringing forth great and innovative and impactful ideas to resolve and address social issues of Pakistan. And we are proud to make this announcement and give our heartiest congratulations to Assan Ticket on their achievement with best of luck for the future.

Signing Agreement Ceremony between Team Aasaan Ticket & USAID SMEA
In addition to this, Team ASANII from Business Incubation Centre, Bahria University Karachi Campus also acquired the grant of Rs. 2.6 million under USAID Small and Medium Enterprise Activity – USAID SMEA

Team Lead ASANII Presenting his idea before the selection panel of USAID SMEA

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  • November 5, 2019 |

Government of Pakistan through Higher Education Commission (HEC) has established National Center for Cyber Security (NCCS) along with associated Labs. The aim of research center & labs is to become the leading hub of innovation and scientific research, to develop tools and technology to protect Pakistan’s cyber space and knowledge transfer to local economy and training.

The National Center housed in Air University Islamabad will comprise of Labs including Bahria University Islamabad, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), National University of Science & Technology (NUST), Information Technology University (ITU) Lahore, NED University Karachi, Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS), University of Peshawar, University of Engineering & Technology Peshawar, University of Technology Nowshera, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore, and University of Engineering & Technology Taxila.

Bahria University has been awarded the grant for Cyber Reconnaissance and Security (CRC) Lab in a special ceremony held on 14th May, 2018 at Air University, Islamabad.  Funding for CRC Lab is 100.8 Million provided by HEC. Cyber Reconnaissance and Security (CRC) Lab will work under the NCCS. The objective of establishing CRC lab in Bahria University is to address the vibrant National security needs and enhancing skill base to keep abreast with changing cyber security threats. In this context, the CRC Lab shall be developing an Indigenous Intrusion Detection System that shall be capable of detecting both internal and external attacks over the network. Commercial/ Open source IDS cannot be trusted to protect Critical Information Infrastructure.  Indigenous IDS will serve as main line of defense to identify threats/ attacks on National Information Infrastructure.

Principle Investigator of the project is Prof. Dr. M. Najam-ul-Islam (Dean Engineering Sciences – BU). The Co-PIs are Dr. Atif Raza Jafri (HoD EE, BUIC), Dr. Faisal Bashir (HoD CS, BUIC), and Dr. Kashif Naseer & Dr. Nazir Malik (Faculty members of CS Deptt, BUIC).

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  • November 5, 2019 |

Supply Chain and Logistics is a very comprehensive domain keeping in view the current developments happening in Pakistan with a focus on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and beyond. Recognizing the growing importance of Logistics & Supply Chain, Bahria University has established research center titled “Smart Integrated Logistics” at Bahria University Islamabad Campus.

SIL will bridge the gap between industrial operations and advance modeling solutions through research modeling, industrial linkages along with solutions development. The focus areas of SIL will be:

a) CPEC and Beyond

b) Maritime Excellence

c) Multimodal logistics harmonization

d) Industrial defense supply chain management

Dr. Ali Imtiaz (FM, Dept. of MS, BUIC) has been appointed as Head – SIL.

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Research Groups

Research Groups have been formed at the constituent units of Bahria University. FMs of each research groups are not only from the same department but also intra-department or from some other research institutions/organizations nationally and internationally. The major objective for the formulations of the Research Groups at BU is to encourage faculty FMs/researchers to conduct research activities collectively.

Business Incubation Centers (BICs) / Business Incubators are programs designed to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services at Islamabad and Karachi Campuses.

Plagiarism Committee is formulated to look into the issues of plagiarism and ethical aspects in the research being conducted by the research scholars and faculty of Bahria University.

The sole purpose behind the establishment of Technology Innovation Support Centre (TISC) at BU is to provide support services to BU researchers for patenting their research and development work by proactively coordinating and communicating with BU faculty / students / visiting scholars/ sponsors / stakeholders and researchers.

Corporate Advisory Committees (CACs) have been established within each department at both the Campuses of Bahria University, comprising of (8-10) FMs of the relevant industries co-chaired by HOD and senior FM(s) from the industry. Broad Terms of Reference of the CACs are Curriculum review for its alignment to meet needs of local industry, Sponsored R&D projects for BU students and Consultancy services for the industry.

SCACs have been constituted at Islamabad and Karachi Campuses comprising of Strategic Level decision makers of the relevant industries and top tier of management of Bahria University. The committees were constituted to incorporate and seek support of the strategic level decision makers of the industry in the academic and research endeavors of BU.

Hierarchical research committees at departmental, faculty and university level refered to as Departmental Research Committee (DRC), Faculty Research Committee (FRC) and Higher Education Research Committee (HERC) respectively have been established at Bahria University.

  1. HERC is the apex body of Bahria University which gives policy guidelines and directions regarding all major research issues of BU.
  2. FRC provides guidelines and oversee the research of PhD scholars and make recommendations to HERC for changes in research policy.
  3. DRC handles all research related matters at MS/MPhil level and recommends any changes in research-relevant rules/policies to FRC/HERC.