The University Grants Commission has directed universities to issues instructions banning sale and availability of junk food in the higher educational institutions. The UGC has sent a written statement to all the Vice Chancellors of universities to take measures to sensitise students on “ill effects of junk food”. The UGC has also stated that the varsities have to conduct orientation programmes for students and faculty on health issues.
UGC has mentioned that Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) has asked UGC to issue directions to varsities against junk foods. The principal aim of ministry is to set new standards for healthy food which would enable the students to live better and learn better. The ministry also indicated that banning junk food in varsities and colleges would also reduce obesity levels in young learners and prevent lifestyle diseases which have a direct link with excessive weight.
Therefore, the varsities must play a significant role in creating awareness and educate the students regarding the ill effects of junk food. A special counselling must be conducted to the students under students’ welfare department regarding proper nutrition, exercise and healthy habits.
The UGC also said that the universities must send the circulars to all the affiliated colleges on the same.
Nowadays, obesity or excessive related problems are major concerns among the youth. Most of the students are not taking food which contains excessive nutrient levels. Instead, they are relying on junk food which deteriorates their health. It is an excellent measure taken by HRD Ministry to avoid junk food on campuses.