In a bid to safeguard the health of students, the University Grants Commission (UGC) – on August 22 last year – had directed universities and colleges in the country to ban the sale of junk food on their campuses. Acting upon the diktat, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) had released a list of food items that were not allowed to be sold in Gajanand canteen and Indian Coffee House on UTD campus.
The list included samosas and kachoris – a snack loved by the student community. But very soon the two ‘banned’ snack items were served to the students. And now samosas and will be back officially in the menu of DAVV canteens as Vice-Chancellor Prof Renu Jain does not think that they are junk foods.
According to a city daily, Prof Jain during informal talks with journalists said, “I don’t think that they should be in the list of junk food.”
I was taken aback when I heard that samosa and kachori, which are very famous in Indore, are considered as junk foods at DAVV– Prof Renu Jain, Vice-Chancellor of DAVV
According to the report, Prof. Jain stated that she is of a view that samosa and kachori should be allowed to be sold in university canteens as they are economical for students. “A committee will go through the list of food items allowed for sale in the university,” she reportedly said.
The matter came to the fore when some students from Barwani staged a day-long protest at the university campus over poor results. The VC had then offered samosa to protesters, and that’s when she was informed that samosas are in DAVV’s junk food list.
A letter issued by UGC secretary Rajnish Jain to universities had highlighted the ill effects of junk food being served in varsity and college canteens. “Banning junk food in colleges would set new standards for healthy food and improve students’ health. This way, their obesity level will reduce. It will prevent lifestyle diseases, which have a direct link with excessive weight,” the letter stated.