UGC Current Affairs

UGC directs universities to observe December 7 as Armed Forces Flag Day

University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities across country to observe December 7 as Armed Forces Flag Day to commemorate supreme sacrifices made by country’s soldiers during conflicts. It also directed universities to organise functions or hold talks in the colleges or institutes to generate awareness on the issue among the students.

Significance

As part of observation of Armed Forces Flag Day, universities must acknowledge sacrifices made by valiant armed forces personnel for protecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of country and securing lives against threats of terrorism and insurgency and against natural calamities.

Indian Armed Forces Flag Day

It is observed every year on December 7 since 1949 to honour soldiers, airmen and sailors of the country.  It serves as an important occasion to remind nation of its obligation to look after veterans, disabled soldiers, war widows and dependents of those who have sacrificed their lives for honour, safety,and integrity of the motherland.

University Grants Commission (UGC)

UGC is statutory body set up by Union government in accordance to UGC Act 1956. It functions under Ministry of Human Resource Development. It is mandated to initiate important decisions and dialogues which have important bearing on the entire student population of the country. The three primary functions of UGC include overseeing distribution of grants to universities and colleges in India, providing scholarships and fellowships to beneficiaries and monitoring conformity to its regulations by universities and colleges.

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UGC directs universities and higher education institutions to ban sale of junk food on their campuses

University Grants Commission (UGC) issued circular directing all varsities and higher education institutions to ban sale of junk food on their campuses. This ban will help will set new standards for healthy food, making students live better, learn better and reduce obesity levels. It will also help to prevent lifestyle diseases which have direct link with excessive weight.

Key Facts

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. Similar move was made earlier by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which had directed all affiliated schools to take junk food off their canteen menu. Moreover, schools were also asked to inspect lunch boxes of students, create awareness about nutritious food and regularly monitor students’ health. The directive was released following report by Ministry of Women and Child Development (MCB) on consumption of foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) and promotion of healthy snacks in schools.

University Grants Commission (UGC)

UGC is statutory body set up by Union government in accordance to UGC Act 1956. It functions under Ministry of Human Resource Development. It is mandated to initiate important decisions and dialogues which have important bearing on the entire student population of the country. The three primary functions of UGC include overseeing distribution of grants to universities and colleges in India, providing scholarships and fellowships to beneficiaries and monitoring conformity to its regulations by universities and colleges.

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