UGC di­rects uni­ver­si­ties to ban junk food on cam­puses

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Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) has asked uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try to take strin­gent mea­sures against the sale of junk food on cam­puses and sen­si­tise stu­dents against the ill­ef­fects of eat­ing un­healthy food. In a let­ter is­sued to the vice-chan­cel­lors of all var­si­ties, also avail­able on its web­site, the UGC said ban­ning junk food would help stu­dents re­duce their obe­sity lev­els and live a bet­ter life. Ear­lier this year, Pun­jab banned the sale of junk food in schools, while Ma­nipur, Odisha, Chandi­garh and Mad­hya Pradesh im­posed re­stric­tions on it. Junk food is linked to the grow­ing epi­demic of non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases across the world. It should be avoided as it is high on sat­u­rated fats and calo­ries, but low on nu­tri­tion.

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