The University Grants Commission (UGC) issued an advisory on August 21, 2018, directing all the universities and higher education institutions to ban sale of junk food on their campuses.
In this regard, the commission issued a notice to vice-chancellors of all universities to ban junk food in college premises. The notice was released after a directive from the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development which asked the UGC to take a strict action and ban the sale of junk food on premises of higher education institutions.
In the interest of the health of all the students of the universities and colleges, the UGC called for the reinforcement of an earlier advisory issued on November 10, 2016.
UGC advisory of November 2016
• The move comes as a reminder of the UGC advisory issued in November 2016 for banning junk food in colleges to 'set new standards for healthy food and reduce obesity levels in young learners'.
• The UGC, in the advisory, stated that banning junk food in colleges would set new standards for healthy food habits, and subsequently, it will instill a sense of healthy eating and awareness.
• It asked the universities to sensitise students about the ill effects of junk food and to adopt healthy food practices.
• Although the directive wasn't compulsory, colleges were expected to comply with the guidelines and help create awareness regarding the ill effects of junk food and the impact of the consumption of the same.
Similar move by CBSE
A similar move was made earlier by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which had directed all affiliated schools to take junk food out of their canteen menu.
Schools were also asked to inspect lunch boxes of students, create awareness about nutritious food and regularly monitor students' health.
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