Representation on National Urban Policy Framework

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs released the Draft ‘National Urban Policy Framework (NUPF)’ for public consultation. The draft policy outlines an integrated and coherent approach towards the urbanization in India.

SAPFI, on behalf of its members, represented the industry’s position through its response to the defined questions. Further, it has also submitted a detailed representation to the Ministry of Housing Affairs, raising the concerns of the student accommodation industry and underlining the need for a conducive policy and regulatory environment for the sector.

Representation to GST Council

SAPFI undertook a consultation with its members on their areas of concern in the current GST regime. Based on the inputs received, SAPFI drafted a detailed representation providing policy recommendations that is focused on ameliorating the present indirect tax framework for the student accommodation sector. The representation has been submitted to the GST Council. The policy recommendations suggested that renting for the use of accommodation by students be made exempt from GST’ and a corresponding composite tax structure for ancillary and basic services provided by the operators.

Representation on New Education Policy 2019

Draft New Education Policy 2019 was released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.  The policy is aims at making India a knowledge superpower by equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge. The policy also proposes regulatory and strategy changes for developing sustainable and future ready education environment in India.

SAPFI successfully submitted recommendations on the draft New Education Policy. The detailed submission highlighted the concerns of the Student Accommodation Sector where lack of Standardization has become a major impediment. Consequently, recommendations were made to ensure standardization in the student accommodation sector by development of Minimum Standards Guidelines.

Representation on draft Model Tenancy Act 2019

For the purpose of balancing the rights and interest of both landlords and tenants, and create adequate rental housing stock in the country, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs drafted and released the Model Tenancy Act, 2019 for public consultations.

SAPFI successfully submitted recommendations on the act. Central to our submission is a request for a “definition of student accommodation”. Additionally, we have recommended few other suggestions aimed at creating optimum student accommodation infrastructure in India which include:

  • Establishing certain Minimum Standard Guidelines for the Student Accommodation Sector
  • Setting up of incentives for the operators providing quality accommodation services to the students.

Representation on All India Council for Technical Education (Redressal of Grievance of Students) Regulations, 2O19

Draft “All India Council for Technical Education (Redressal of Grievance of Students) Regulations, 2O19” was released by the AICTE for public consultation.  The proposed regulations aimed at addressing and effectively resolving grievances of students related to the AICTE approved Technical Institutions in the country.

SAPFI, on behalf of its members, submitted recommendations to the proposed regulation, highlighting the need to actively engage private sector for providing safe, hygienic and quality accommodation for a maximum number of students.