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

BU-ORIC in the TOP 4 ORICs by HEC among 69 across Pakistan

  • September 28, 2020 |

We are glad to share that our Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (BU – ORIC) has been ranked on 4th position amongst the 69 ORICs established at different Universities across Pakistan.

World Bank in its annual report has already recognized Bahria University’s Business Incubation Center as a game-changer in the field of Incubation related services.

We congratulate our Students, Researches, Faculty and Officers for this remarkable achievement

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  • June 5, 2020 |


A Business Incubation Programme for the youth of the Newly Merged Districts was launched in Islamabad . Representatives of USAID, UNDP, Bahria University, International Islamic University, and youth from newly merged districts attended the ceremony where Senator Sitara Ayaz was the chief guest.

Under this programme, one-month business incubation services will be provided to 180 talented entrepreneurs, including 54 women, from Khyber, North and South Waziristan districts. The training component of the programme offers numerous hands-on, practical workshops in key areas of knowledge including various business models, sales, marketing, and finance. The programme also includes motivational sessions with leading trainers, experts and professionals in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, followed by a grant after approval of the entrepreneurs’ business ideas.

USAID representative Ms. Sharon Lazich, Acting Director, KP-FATA office said that this initiative will result in economic growth of region and will provide jobs to youth. She also appreciated efforts of Bahria University and International Islamic University for their active contribution.

Ms. Tanya Rzehak from UNDP Pakistan said UNDP has assisted more than 80,000 people from merged districts since 2015, this initiative will enable youth to play constructive role in development of merged districts.

Chief Guest of the ceremony, Senator Sitara Ayaz expressed gratitude to USAID, UNDP, Islamic International University and Bahria University for this excellent initiative. While addressing the ceremony she said Pakistan is facing number of challenges including unemployment. Encouraging our youth for entrepreneurship especially from Tribal areas will bring prosperity to the region. She motivated and encouraged young entrepreneurs to actively participate in business activities and contribute in economic development of Pakistan.

While speaking at occasion Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat HI(M), Rector Bahria University Islamabad, said “Universities are playing a key role in nurturing entrepreneurs and leaders by fostering on ethos that engages the next generation of innovators and disrupters of Pakistan. He further added “Bahria Innovation Centre is committed towards building a strong entrepreneurial eco-system for nurturing innovation for Start-ups in Pakistan”.

Earlier, Prof. Dr. Shehzad Khalid Head of Research, Innovation & Commercialization Office Bahria University briefed the audience about salient features of the project and its output in terms of Business Models and economic development.

A part of the USAID funded FATA Economic Revitalization Programme (FERP), this activity is being implemented by Bahria University and International Islamic University in partnership with UNDP. FERP aims to provide sustainable livelihood and income generating opportunities to returnees, leading to long-term economic growth and contributing to resilience and economic revitalization of Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

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  • June 5, 2020 |


Bahria Innovation Center was formally inaugurated by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi NI (M) on 4th March 2020. Keeping in track of the promising landmark achievements and future potential that BU has to offer, Bahria Innovation Center aims to provide all-inclusive support and facilities to its components through a state-of-the-art center. Innovation Center includes Maker space, Startup Factory, Accelerator & Industrial offices, Research Centers and Training & capacity building space.

During the said visit Dr Shehzad Khalid, Director Research and Commercialization briefed the CNS Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi NI (M), The Chinese Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Yao Jing and the audience on the research and commercialization ecosystem of Bahria University and how BIC has come a long way being amongst top university incubators of Pakistan. The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi NI (M) then interacted with students and startups incubated at Startup Factory and commended the great work done by the Team in engaging students and building the Entrepreneurial Culture at Bahria University.

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  • June 5, 2020 |


A 2 days Social Startup Speed pitching competition was organized by Bahria Innovation Center, in Partnership with Bahria Business School and computer Sciences Department on the 23rd of December 2019 . Entrepreneurial ecosystem is thriving in Pakistan and stretching its wings in an ailing economy that is in desperate need of innovative ventures. Universities are hub of young talent where ideas are developed and nurtured which presents the economy with the next generation of thinkers and innovators. The objective of this activity was to bring together students from all departments, creating diverse teams and developing imaginative entrepreneurial projects via cross discipline synergies.

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Research &Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Bahria University is committed towards building a strong Research and Entrepreneurial eco-system for nurturing innovation in Pakistan with its network covering almost all major cities and metropolises in Pakistan.

Bahria Innovation Center aims to provide all-inclusive support and facilities to all its components for a state-of-the-art center to foster networking for its startups, SME’s and Commercial Research/spinoffs.

The Maker space provides all students with the opportunity to access state of the art electronic test equipment and instrumentation. With dedicated hardware and software space, the lab helps and encourages student researchers to work on supplemental learning projects.

The center provide workplace, virtual incubation services, training, HR support, technology support, access to finance and help startups growth to form sustainable companies and products. The efforts of Incubation Center at BU Islamabad has been duly recognized twice by World Bank in its independent annual report as the top 3 University Incubators in the Pakistan.

Business Accelerator Program offers a 6-months tailor-made program for later-stage startups looking to go beyond the development of their product by scaling their business. They provide the support and resources necessary to building a sustainable company and scaling up every aspect of the business.

Our top priority is to nurture long-term relationships with our startups and partners that generate long-term value for all involved. Special liaison offices have been allocated for Industrial Partners/Stakeholders. The aim of creation of the ILO’s is to foster synergies between industry and academic stakeholders (Students, Researchers, Entrepreneurs).

Research Centers are an integral part of the BIC. The centers aim to provide, and advocate practice-oriented research and education focused on indigenous and housed researches. By establishing research centers of pure excellence backed by vision and professionalism, the Bahria University aims to solve various difficult problems faced by modern society and to fulfill its obligations to the future of our motherland and humanity.

With dedicated state of the art training and consulting space, TDLC has been working on improving and further enhancing skill sets via initiatives to such as Leadership and Soft skills development Programs, Short courses and tailored designed training, workshops, mentorship and Professional counselling for startups, students, faculty and professionals.

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.