New Delhi, Aug 22: The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Wednesday issued a notification directing all universities and higher education institutions to ban the sale 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 notification to the educational institutions.
The circular was issued following a directive from the HRD ministry, asking the UGC to 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.
In a similar move earlier, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had also directed all affiliated schools to remove junk food from their canteen menu.