Research and Development

Publication of Journals / Curative Art and Design Work

Currently Iqra University is publishing 4 refereed Journals which are South Asian Journal of Management Sciences, Journal of Management Sciences, Journal of Education & Social Sciences and Journal of Finance and Economics Research, with International panel of referee and totally following HEC requirements. The ISSN number is of SAJMS is 2074-2967. These journals are indexed internationally with indexing agencies like Factira & Cabells, Ultrichetc which and are also recognized by HEC under X and Y categories. South Asian Journal of Management Sciences (SAJMS) won 2nd Place in Scholar One Journal Triathlon Championship on December 2013. The journals are indexed by followings:

  • Thomson Reuters
  • Ulrichs Web
  • Ebscohost
  • Crossref
  • Google Scholar
  • RePec
  • JEL
  • DOAJ
  • Cabell’s
  • Econ Lit
  • BASE
  • MIAR
  • Cite Factor
  • Index Copernicus International
  • Gale Periodical
  • Scirus Elsevier
  • Worldcat
  • Western Theological Seminary
  • Lexis Nexis
  • Wells College
  • Universia
  • Amazon Web Services

Research Journals

Name of Journal  ISSN Number
South Asian Journal of Management Sciences 2704-2967
 Journal of Management Sciences 2413-8657
Journal of Education & Social Sciences 2414-8091
Journal of Finance and Economics Research 2415-2463

The South Asian Journal of Management Sciences (SAJMS)

The South Asian Journal of Management Sciences (SAJMS) is peer refereed journal published bi-annually by IQRA University Research Center. The journal recognizes the growing involvement of regional issues in management sciences within the larger context of globalization and international business arena. It, therefore, aims to provide an opportunity and a forum to communicate relevant and current issues in the area of business management and its allied sciences including emerging trends and their application to and implication for the global business community.

Journal of Management Sciences (JMS)

Journal of Management Sciences (JMS) is an open access Double-Blind Peer review, bi-annual research journal freely available online. JMS is a scholarly journal that publishes scientific research on the practice of management and its application in business. It is multidisciplinary in scope and interdisciplinary in content and methodology. JMS welcomes contributions from all around the world and has a wide range of readers. Within our scope are all aspects of management related to strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, information technology, and organizations as well as all functional areas of business, such as marketing, and operations.

Journal of Education & Social Sciences (JESS)

Journal of Education & Social Sciences (JESS) is an open access blind peer-reviewed, bi-annual research journal freely available online. The purpose of this Journal is to publish quality research work in the disciplines of Education and Social Sciences defined in the classical sense, that is in the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. The research that is published may take a theoretical or speculative model as well as statistical and mathematical. Contributions are welcome from all fields which have relevant and insightful comments to make about the social sciences. The ever-increasing requirement of social scientists and educationalists, JESS covers a wide range of areas and themes comes under the ambit of Education and Social Sciences.

Journal of Finance & Economics Research (JFER)

Journal of Finance and Economics Research (JFER) is an open access biannual online research journal. It welcomes contributions from all around the world and has a wide range of readers. A free online access and free publication make it easily available. A high-quality Blind Peer review ensures its quality and original contributions in the field of Finance and Economics. Journal of Finance and Economics Research (JFER) aims to become the premier open-access resource for Finance and Economics research. What sets JFER apart from conventional journals is that it does not limit content due to page limit or accept papers on the basis of themes; on the contrary, it assesses submitted papers purely on the basis of research validity. JFER enable the process of establishing links among papers, within or across disciplines, as it does not filter papers on the basis of themes or disciplines.

Research Publication

Research Grants

a. Faculty members are allowed and encouraged to publish the research work undertaken by them independently or through a certain research grant, unless a restriction is not made by the funding agency.

b. Faculty, academic staff and students will reflect their affiliations with the university and vouch for the compliance with permission granted by the university.

c. All publications subject to comply with “Intellectual Policy” of the university.


Business Incubation Center (BIC)

Research Facilitation Unit (RFU)

RFU was established with the purpose to promote research culture and environment within which faculty, research staff, and post graduate research students of Iqra University carry out their Research independently. It also provides an overarching framework for the research and development, innovation and commercialization, and research management at Iqra University.

As a research-orientated and interdisciplinary Business School, we produce innovative research that addresses real-world business problems. Our mission is to undertake research in the fields of Marketing, Management, Finance, Economics and Supply Chain Management that is intellectually meets the international standards. We pursue research that involves extensive theoretical and empirical work as well as investigations into policy decision-making processes and the development of new policy ideas for the benefit of society.

Our faculty members work with external organizations, providing expert knowledge and rigorous analysis to help inform policy development and implementation. As a result, we are a business school with a more complete understanding of modern management because of our applied research and interest in public policy. We also disseminate our findings beyond academia to wider audiences including practitioners and professionals in industry, associations, decision-making bodies and public policy organizations.

To be awarded the degree of Master of Business Administration student must demonstrate their ability to undertake an investigation of a significant and specific management issue and to reflect on it in an insightful manner. Thesis / Industrial Project offers the opportunity to the students to link their interests and requirements with the skills and ideas that you have developed during the programme in a challenging and satisfying piece of work. At the same time, it is a chance for them to reflect on their learning and personal development needs so that they can complete the programme in a better equipped manner to tackle future challenges.

For Students

Industrial Project

Industrial project is done to test students’ understanding and competence in a field of study while at the same time giving them the opportunity to expand their knowledge through research. It might involve a real life problem solving of companies / Industries or a hands-on project. Students should regard their research projects as an ideal opportunity and vehicle for integrating what they have learnt during the MBA program and applying those concepts and skills to a real problem at work.

Students are required to investigate an organization issue from both a theoretical and practical perspective using business research methods. The project gives them an opportunity to conduct research on the problem of an organization that will help them to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills about industry. The content of the work submitted must be unique and original and may not be repeated from previous assignments or projects.


A thesis is much more in-depth than a research project; it is a compilation of different researches done in an area of study including a critical analysis of their findings. The aim is to show that students have the ability to demonstrate expertise and knowledgeably discuss their area of study. On the other hand, is an original research work that contributes new knowledge (in form of theories or practices) to a certain field of study.

Learning Outcome of IP/Thesis

Knowledge and Understanding

• Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the body of knowledge within your chosen Thesis topic. You should have developed a degree of expertise and practical experience within the topic field.

• Gain an understanding of the practical application of business research. You should understand the uses and limitations of a range of research methods and data analysis techniques that can be used to evaluate outcomes in the business and management field.

Cognitive and Intellectual Skills

• Critically analyze information and evidence from both academic and practitioner sources. You should be able to develop and communicate a cohesive argument in support of a particular theoretical position.

• Evaluate and argue alternative approaches to theories and models from your use of applied research.

• Identify and appraise options and make practical recommendations for action and implementation.

Behavioural Skills

• Self-manage your own time and priorities activities. Have an appreciation of your own competencies and skills in relation to the planning and organization of a research project.

• Work autonomously, exercising initiative and personal responsibility for the achievement of your stated objectives.

Guidelines to Manage IP/Thesis

As you enter the Thesis / Industrial Project stage of the MBA you will notice a change of learning experience. Until this point your programme of study will have been relatively structured and you will have worked collaboratively with fellow students. The Thesis is an individual piece of work while in industrial project you can make a group of 3 to 4 students. It will be your responsibility to drive forward the progress of your work and to organize, plan and manage the various activities that will be involved. We strongly recommend that you spend time at the outset of your Thesis / Industrial Project, and specifically when preparing your proposal, considering your own time management, use of resources and support systems that you will require in order to successfully manage and complete your work.

It is your responsibility to set a realistic time schedule at the time of writing your proposal and then to monitor and maintain progress against your intended schedule. You must set your own deadlines and then adhere to agreed dates for the delivery of work to your supervisor.

You will be assigned a Thesis supervisor who is a member of faculty specialized in your chosen subject area. The role of the supervisor is to support you from both an academic and personal perspective. The total time allocated for the completion of your thesis / industrial project is one year (two semester). In Thesis I / Industrial Project I, you will prepare your research proposal which includes (chapter 1, 2 & 3) and chapter 4 and 5 are the part of your Thesis II / Industrial Project II.

Role of the Supervisor

• To provide you with support, advice and encouragement regarding the process of preparing and completing your Thesis / Industrial Project.

• To give you advice and direction in terms of the academic content of your Thesis / Industrial Project in relation to your subject discipline.

• To be responsible for maintaining the University’s academic standards.

• To assist the student at the outset in finding useful and relevant reading material and appropriate academic framework within which to place the topic.

• To advise on the choice of suitable methodological approach(es).

• To monitor progress and to advise on what is required to achieve a satisfactory Thesis / Industrial Project.

• Where relevant, to liaise periodically with the company supervisor and resolve any problems the student may have in obtaining access to company information or personnel.

Policy Content and Guidelines

Requirements to undertake research

a. Each scholar (faculty, research staff, and student) will carry out independent research activities that are appropriate to their discipline and interest areas. In pursuing these research activities, they will, individually or in collaboration with their colleagues (within or outside university).

• Conduct both basic and applied research to promote and strengthen the culture of research.

• Supervise research of both undergraduate and post graduate student, wherever it deems appropriate and allowed by the relevant bodies.

• Disseminate the results to wider audience by using multiple media and teaching practices.

• Contribute to research commercialization by engaging relevant industry.

• Attempt to solve the real life problems to create an impact to the society.

• Anticipate in various initiatives to secure financial support from various external agencies (e.g. HEC, ICTRSD, industry and other research funding organizations).

b. The research activities undertaken by the faculty and other academic staff are considered as career expectations, and an individual will balance them with other obligations and teaching assignments and administration responsibilities.

c. This policy does not prevent to Dean/HOD campus directors to assign any other duty or responsibilities.

Statutory and Ethics Obligations

a. Faculty and students are required to carry out their research, development and commercialization activities in compliance with university’s statutes and obligations.

b. Faculty and students will follow Ethics policy in general and other ethical/contractual obligations as described by the HEC and other funding agencies.

c. Faculty and students will follow the code book of the university and other policies issued in conjunction by the respective bodies and competent authorities.

Research Management

Policy, advice and support in research and publications, innovation and commercialization are coordinated through a number of constituted bodies and committees as promulgated by the charts and code book:

a. Research Facilitation Unit (RFU)

b. Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC)

c. Deans of Faculties.

d. Directors of Campuses

e. Directors of Research Centers

f. Director of MPhil/PhD program

g. Chairperson’s of academic departments

h. Director of Research and Publications.

Resources in Support of Research

University Research Fund

• The allocation of fund is based on proposal submitted by the scholar with an expected tangible outcome to maximize the university’s research output as per standards set by the university or HEC.

• The allocation of grant from this fund will be done by the subcommittee constituted by the chancellor/vice chancellor.

• The grant from this fund can be awarded to a project viable for commercialization.

External Grants and Projects

• Faculty and academic research staff will seek actively for the external funded projects and grants, and will bid for such projects through ORIC or other relevant department in pursuance and compliance of rules and regulations set for such activities.

• Faculty will actively pursue for research and other consultancy services by engaging industry. All such activities will be conducted under the banner of relevant university unit, department, and center or ORIC.

• All external applications will be submitted through ORIC; however, can be managed by the faculty, department, center or campus independently.

Research Planning

Each faculty and research unit is required to develop, implement and monitor is own research plan that is achieved with the university’s research strategy and strategic research goals.

Monitoring and Evaluation

a. Vice chancellor will monitor and evaluate the overall performance of different units of research through different performance and metrics.

b. Every faculty and department will develop its annual plan of research with specific objectives and targets.

c. Performance evaluation will be done via a committee constituted by the VC.

d. ORIC and RFU will possible an annual report by highlighting achievements of different campuses/departments.

Recruitment and Development

a. Faculty and staff to be engaged in research will be recruited on the basis of relevant knowledge, experience and interest.

b. Faculty and staff will be provided trainings in different areas to develop the capacity to pursue high level research.

c. Faculty and staff will develop annual plans to carry out research work in consultation with their Deans and Directors.

d. Faculty and staff will be provided opportunities to conduct the basic and applied research individually or in collaboration with other colleagues.

e. Undergraduates and graduates will be engaged by the faculty through fund year projects and independent studies.

f. Deans and directors will ensure the opportunities of trainings of new faculty members and provide suitable venues of sharing and publishing the research.

Commercialization and Patents

a. The faculty will strive to develop commercially viable products through innovation solutions to industry problems.

b. The commercialization of products can be negotiated with the industry through university via ORIC.

c. Proper agreement will be signed by industry and university with concerned faculty and ORIC as representation of the university.

d. In undertaking as such commercial activity, faculty will not put at risk the name and reputation of university.

e. All financial transactions will be done through official accounts of the university.

f. In case of patenting and licensing any product, university will provide the financial and otherwise any assistance required by the faculty member.

Legislative Compliance

The university is required to manage its policy documentation within a legislative framework of:

a. By laws and statutes of IQRA university.

b. Higher Education Policy framework.

c. National framework of education policy.

Research and Development Policy

Educational institutions at tertiary level exist to create new knowledge. Hence, research & development is a prime concern of the university and the following policies must be complied with:

1. Every student & faculty member of the university must be encouraged to undertake research.

2. All students must undertake at least 06 credit hours of research courses as part of their curriculum.

3. The student researches must be carried out as per their Research Project guidelines.

4. All research work must be checked for plagiarism as per the Plagiarism policy of the university.

5. The university must allocate at least 10 percent of its budget for the research & development activities.

6. The university must encourage its faculty to participate in International conferences and compensate as per its conference participation policy.

7. The teaching departments must encourage their senior faculty in particular & all other faculty to publish in the Impact factor & ISI/Scopus listed journals. As per the university publication policy, University will pay the publication incentive as per the impact factor of the Journal and the policy approved.

8. University encourages disseminates of published work and hence faculty members must share their research work in departmental meetings, seminars and courses so that learning can be shared.

9. The university encourages its faculty to undertake corporate researches as paid project or as a CSR activity so that the business community can be helped & industry university relationships can be strengthened.

10. The research committee of the university working under ORIC must evaluate such projects and approve as per guidelines provided to them. No projects can be initiated without the approval of the Research committee.

11. The role of the ORIC of the university will remain intact in all research activities.

12. The teaching departments must encourage their faculty to commercialize their research work by patenting it. ORIC department will be responsible to provide such support.

Intellectual Property Policy

1. The Intellectual Property Policy (IPP)

The Intellectual Property Policy has been prepared by Iqra University through the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC). Iqra University and is intended as a guide for the employees and students of Iqra University herein referred as ‘University’. The policy is to put in place to protect and secure intellectual property being generated through research activities of faculty, staff and students of Iqra University.

2. Purpose

The purpose of Intellectual Property Policy is:

a. To provide necessary protection and incentivize the discovery and development of innovation through new knowledge, its transfer for the public benefit and its use for development of the economy.

b. To generate revenues for the University and financial rewards to the inventor/creator.

c. To reserve the right of the University to use the intellectual property and preserve University’s freedom to conduct future research.

d. To raise competitive index of Iqra University among peer institution both locally and globally.

3. Ownership

The University is the owner of all the inventions/creations or any other copyrightable work by the employees through University’s Fund and/or using University’s resources. The following conditions shall apply:

1. If the invention/creation is done by the employee through the University’s fund (Patent Filing Fee) or by using any of University’s infrastructure), the University shall be the owner of the work and all royalties/grants shall be in University’s interest. On certain conditions a joint ownership of creator & University can be established.

2. If the research leading to an Intellectual Property has been funded by or through the University by way of a grant or any other funding body (government or private), the terms of the grant or the funding agency may override any of the rules contrary to the University’s IP Policy.

3. If the University’s resources are used and the funding is generated from any external source, University shall be the owner of any IP thus generated.

4. If the researcher has come up with an invention/creation as part of his/her employment contractual obligations, the University shall be empowered to retain the exclusive rights of the IP thus generated, even if University’s resources or funds have not been used.

5. In case an IP is generated which is not in the research interest of the University, the Director ORIC may use his discretionary authorization to grant freedom of filing of IP.

6. If a student’s thesis/dissertations contain therein patentable ideas or other intellectual property which the ORIC, Iqra University deems useful, the University shall be the owner of such IP.

4. Commercialization

The Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), Iqra University, is the unit responsible and has been delegated with the authority for evaluating, protecting and commercializing University’s IP and administering all relevant University’s policies to assure commercialization.

1. The University may determine means to protect the Intellectual Property in order to commercialization of such innovation/invention. This solely bases on the commercial potential of the Intellectual Property as determined by ORIC, Iqra University.

2. The University will inform the inventor in writing prior to applying or filing for patent as the case may be. However, in such eventuality the inventor shall fulfill all criteria and present all the data as and when required. The University on its sole discretion is entitled to approach, negotiate and enter into any agreement with any external party regarding commercialization of the invention.

5. IP Disclosure Information

The following information shall be provided by the investor when they would submit their invention’s disclosure to ORIC, Iqra University.

1. A statement to the best of their knowledge that they are the investor(s) of disclosed invention.

2. Any other IP already in place intended to be used as a reference to practice the invention.

6. Revenue from Intellectual Property

The revenue received from the commercialization of the Intellectual Property owned by the University shall be shared between the Inventor and the University on the following terms.

The Revenue shall be divided between the Inventor and the University according to the following rations:

1. Inventor – 50%

2. Inventor’s Faculty/Department – 25%

3. University’s General Fund – 25%

4. The Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), Iqra University reserves the right to revise the above distribution at any stage.

7. Administration

1. The Relevant Campus from where the Intellectual Property is being filed by the applicant shall bear the Patent Filing Fee.

2. ORIC, Iqra University may advise the University regarding taking up any Intellectual Property of its employee for patent protection or any commercial project.

3. The inventor may not accept any amount/royalty/favor in respect of lending the IP for commercial purposes without prior written permission of ORIC, Iqra University.

MPhil and PhD Research

a. Deans, Associate Deans, and director of post graduate studies are responsible to ensure the engagement of students in research and other relevant activities like: synopsis presentation, seminars, proposal presentations and thesis or dissertation open defense.

b. BASR will oversee the functions and degree compliance of post graduate research students.

Commercialization & Patent

a. The faculty will strive to develop commercially viable products through innovation solutions to industry problems.

b. The commercialization of products can be negotiated with the industry through university via ORIC.

c. Proper agreement will be signed by industry and university with concerned faculty and ORIC as representation of the university.

d. In undertaking as such commercial activity, faculty will not put at risk the name and reputation of university.

e. All financial transactions will be done through official accounts of the university.

f. In case of patenting and licensing any product, university will provide the financial and otherwise any assistance required by the faculty member.

HEC Plagiarism Policy

Turnitin Guidelines

Publication Incentives

The purpose of research incentive is to recognize and reward excellence in research, contributions to intellectual development, and social welfare and promote publications with higher impact. The award includes a cash prize as per the following policy:

HEC Y – Category Rs. 5,000/
Scopus/ESCI/SCI/AHCI/SSCI Rs. 25,000/
JCR (Impact Factor 0-1) Rs. 30,000/
JCR (Impact Factor 1.01-3) Rs. 35,000/
JCR (Impact Factor 3.01 onwards) Rs. 40,000/