The Government College of Commerce Sadiqabad has been affiliated with the Islamia University of Bahawalpur for commencement of B Com classes in the college, announced a Punjab minister.

A notification has been issued in this regard while the classes would start from the current year. Minister for Industry and Investment Chaudhry Muhammad Shafiq said that the local students had to travel for hours to reach in other cities' colleges to get education and also by paying heavy fees to private colleges. However, he added, now the B Com students would be able to get commerce education in Sadiqabad city.

He said that the poor students were unable to bear huge travelling and other educational expenses and they had to quit their education. Now, he maintained, also the children from the lower strata of the society would be able to get education locally. He said that earlier, the Punjab chief minister had issued Rs60 million grant for the construction of the college building. Now, the college building has completed and the chief minister had issued directives for affiliation of the college with the Islamia University, he concluded.

Altruists' role: Serving the deserving poor is a form of worship so the altruists should step forward for the welfare.

Anjuman Falah-e-Mareezan President and former Punjab minister Shaukat Dawood said that a hospital building being constructed by the Anuman would be completed by December 31. He said that in the hospital, free healthcare facilities were being provided for the local pepole.

He was addressing a meeting held by the Anjuman. He said that amidst the skyrocketing prices of commodities, the poor are unable to afford medical treatment thus the philanthropists should come forward to help the poor in distress. He said that at the hospital, the patients were being provided with free medicines and other facilities such as laboratory tests. Secretary General Mian Jamil said that the construction work of the building had been stepped up. The meeting also approved the establishment of a handcrafts centre at Chowk FC.