BAHAWALPUR-A state minister said that the federal government was mobilising all the available resources to formulate education policy through effective consultation with the provincial governments.

He addressing during a children literature festival jointly organised by district administration, ITA and Oxford University Press. State for Federal Higher Education and Professional Training Baleeghur Rehman said that the children literature festival would play a vital role in promoting intellectual enlightenment and polishing the talent children.

It will create a vibrant human resource basis to meet the future challenges of the 21st century. Speaking as the chief guest, he maintained that friendship with books is the hallmark of every egalitarian society which practically reflects both the state and societal endeavour to promote knowledge-based polity. He further said that literature festival has provided a unique opportunity to the children to meet the literary joints and have the pleasure to listen to their literary work.

"Punjab chief minister has allocated billions of rupees by giving special funds for the schools of Southern Punjab for provision of missing facilities at government schools," he noted. He also announced that teaching of Holy Quran at government schools would start very soon in district Bahawalpur.

Secretary Archives Ahmad Raza Serwer said that sustainable and effective endeavour to promote literature for children is the key to build a vibrant, dynamic and splendid knowledge-based infrastructure which is vital for establishing an egalitarian society. The holding of 3rd children literature festival at the historic central library Bahawalpur is the reflection of our collective sensitivity to promote healthy culture of book reading. Oxford University Press MD Ameena Saeedi said that Oxford University Press has established Oxford teacher academy which provides training for 50,000 teachers annually regarding modern techniques. She further claimed that the press attaches special significance to promote reading habit among the children.

Prominent writer Romana Hussain gave detailed briefing about the main purpose of holding the literary festival. A student of SD High School, Abdullah Tanseer, presented a song written by Zohra Nigar and composed by Rakhi Jameel.