UGC asks Universities to ban junk food


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NEW DELHI: The universities across India are being asked to issue instructions against availability and sale of junk food in higher educational institutions. The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday in a letter to vice chancellors of all universities has asked to take measures to sensitize students on “ill effects of junk food” as well as start orientation programmes for faculty and staff on health issues by the commission.
In the letter, it stated that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has desired to issue instructions against junk food in universities and colleges and said that “banning junk food in colleges would set new standards for healthy food and make the students live better, and learn better and also reduce the obesity levels in young learners, thus preventing life style diseases which have a direct link with excessive weight.” 

Among the measures suggested for the universities are, to implement measures to sensitize the students on ill effects of junk food, universities to serve as important data sources on student’s health, wellness clusters should be created under students welfare department where counseling should be done regarding proper nutrition, exercise and healthy habits.

The universities, apart from taking necessary actions, are also being asked to circulate the instructions to all affiliated colleges/

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