This is why UGC ban junk food in colleges and universities
New Delhi : Concerning the health of students, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has ordered all universities, colleges and higher educational institutions to ban the sale of junk food sales in their campuses. In a letter, the UGC said "Restricting junk food in colleges will set new standards, improve student life, improve learning process and reduce obesity in them. This will prevent diseases of lifestyle, which are directly related to excessive weight. '
The ban of junk food in educational premises has been issued after a directive from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. As per the instructions, colleges and universities are requested to strictly follow the advice of the counsel and to create awareness of healthy food habit among the younger generation.
Earlier, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) also approached with such directives for all affiliated schools to remove junk food from their canteen menus. School administrations were also asked to check the students 'lunch boxes to create attentiveness about nutritious food. The board also asked schools to check the health status of the students regularly.
The circular on junk food ban has been issued after the Ministry of Women and Child Development mentioned the report on high consumption of fat, salt and sugar content by students in the schools.