Whilst reminiscing college days all that one can think of is bunking classes and whiling time gorging on sumptuous chowmein, manchurian, chol bhatura, patties, pakoras, rajma chawal, chole chawal and much more. Canteen has always been the hub for deciding plans be it for the day or the future. College canteens in Chandigarh offers yummy meals crafted with utmost love, hygiene, freshness and meets the demand of our pocket. Great food at a minimal cost makes it so ‘wanted’. But now all college canteens will have to bear a license in order to sell food to college students.
Reason for implementing Food Licence
The main cause for the implementation of FSS Act, 2006, at food establishments in universities was the fact that most of the canteens in Colleges and Universities are not registered and don’t own a license under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. And thus, University Grants Commission (UGC) is demanding them to obtain a proper license for their business. The direction came directly from the Secretary of UGC and was noted to the Vice-chancellors of various universities and colleges in and around Chandigarh.
In the notification letter, a request has been made by the Secretary to the all the establishments and branches of institutions/universities/colleges to kindly abide by the guidelines of FSS, 2006. Under this instruction, all the educational institutes would have to obtain food licenses in order to be considered responsible and respectable canteens.
How will it Impact College Canteens
Now the thing is that if the orders get implemented in a strict way, your college canteen owner might have to get a licence on immediate basis and this might hamper normal college canteen routine. The canteen might be shut down for some days and to the worse it might be closed. Ah, that’s sad. After all, we understand that canteen is the best place in a college and this should never happen. But from now on, having a licence is essential to cook and sell food in Chandigarh canteens.
Hey, daro mat. Your college canteen is not going anywhere and probably it will not be closed.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is planning to organize a workshop/seminar to train all the food handlers in the food business establishments as to how they can ensure safe, nutritious and sumptuous food for the students.