UGC asks colleges to ban sale of junk food on campuses
GUWAHATI: All the colleges and higher education institutions affiliated to the University Grants Commission (UGC) have been asked to take measures to avoid junk food on their campuses and to sensitise students against consumption of the same.
A letter regarding the same has been issued from the HRD ministry, asking the UGC to ban the sale of junk food on premises of higher education institutions.
"Banning junk food in colleges will set new standards for healthy food, making the students live better, learn better and reduce obesity levels. This will prevent lifestyle diseases which have a direct link with excessive weight," the UGC said in a communication to the universities.
It is to be mentioned that a similar move was made earlier by the Central Board of Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which had directed all affiliated schools to take junk food off their canteen menu.
File photo of a college canteen