In an effort to help students learn better and sensitise the ill effects of eating unhealthy food, the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Wednesday asked all varsities and higher education institutions to ban sale of junk food in their respective campuses, according to a statement.
“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.
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The announcement was made after a directive from the Human Resource Development Ministry, asking the UGC to ban selling of junk food in college canteens.
“You are requested to ensure strict adherence to the advisory. Create awareness among the younger generation who are vulnerable,” the ministry said in a statement.
Earlier, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) also made similar move and directed all affiliated schools to take junk food off their canteen menu.
Meanwhile, the ministry also asked schools to inspect lunch boxes of students, create awareness about nutritious food and regularly monitor students’ health.
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The circular was released following a report by the Women and Child Development Ministry on consumption of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) and promotion of healthy snacks in schools.
(With inputs from agencies)