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Ban sale of junk food on campuses, UGC directs varsities, colleges

The circular was issued after a directive from the HRD ministry, asking the UGC to ban the sale of junk food on premises of higher education institutions

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all varsities and institutions to ban sale of on their campuses.

"Banning in will set new standards for healthy food, making the students live better, learn better and reduce obesity levels. This will prevent which have a direct link with excessive weight," the said in a communication to the universities.

The circular was issued after a directive from the HRD ministry, asking the to ban the sale of on premises of institutions.

"You are requested to ensure strict adherence to the advisory. Create awareness among the younger generation who are vulnerable," it added.

A similar move was made earlier by the Central Board of Secondary (CBSE) which had directed all affiliated schools to take junk food off their canteen menu.

At the time, schools were also asked to inspect lunch boxes of students, create awareness about nutritious food and regularly monitor students' health.

The circular was released following a report by the Ministry of Women and Child Development on consumption of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) and promotion of in schools.

First Published: Wed, August 22 2018. 15:59 IST