The University Grants Commission (UGC) has instructed all universities and higher education institutions to ban the sale and purchase of junk food on their campuses. "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.
The notice was released after a directive from the HRD ministry, asking the UGC to take a strict action and ban the sale of junk food on premises of higher education institutions. "You are requested to ensure strict adherence to the advisory. Create awareness among the younger generation who are vulnerable," it added. Once, a similar kind of move was made by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which had directed all affiliated schools to take junk food off their canteen menu.
At the time, schools were additionally solicited to investigate lunch boxes from students, make them aware of nutritious food and consistently screen their wellbeing. The notice was published after a report by the Ministry of Women and Child Development on utilisation of nourishments high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) and advancement of solid tidbits in schools.