UGC directs universities to ban junk food on campus

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New Delhi: The University Grants Commission has issued a notice to vice-chancellors of all universities, directing them to ban junk food in college premises.

This comes as a reminder of the advisory issued in November 2016 for banning junk food in colleges to ‘set new standards for healthy food and reduce obesity levels in young learners’.

The UGC, in the advisory, stated that banning junk food in colleges would set new standards for healthy food habits, and subsequently instill a sense of healthy eating and awareness on the same.

Speaking to ANI, UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain noted that although the directive wasn’t compulsory, colleges were expected to comply with the guidelines and help create awareness regarding the ill effects of junk food and the impact of the consumption of the same.

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