Former cricketer Chetan Chauhan has been named as the chairperson of the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), a report in The Indian Express said.
Chetan Chauhan is a two-time Bharatiya Janata Pary MP, former Indian test cricketer who had played around 40 matches, and a long time opening partner of Sunil Gavaskar.
“This is a Government of India appointment. The names [for the post of chairman] are sent by the ministry of textiles… preference is given to people in the party (BJP),” Chauhan told The Indian Express on Friday.
Chauhan also thanked PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for his appointment, saying that, he had held “a few informal meetings” at his new office.
Chauhan also said that he had been chosen as NIFT chairman because he was “an international sportsman” and has “experience in banking”
According to the report, as per the NIFT Act 2006, the chairperson of the Board of Governors (BoG) is expected to be “an eminent academician, scientist or technologist or professional, to be nominated by the Visitor” of the institute, which is the President.
THIS IS HOW TWITTERATI REACT:
This is how Fashion shows will be done in future after Chetan Chauhan is appointed as chief of NIFT pic.twitter.com/EH6YhNE1a9
— Billoo (@MohitParmarr) June 18, 2016
After Gajendra chauhan for FTII, Chetan Chauhan for NIFT, abt time we made Annu Kapoor the head of ISRO. #IssLaunchPeKuchNahiBolneKa
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) June 18, 2016
Chetan Chauhan: “What obscene design is this?”
Student: “Sir, it’s a mini-skirt”
CC: “No, no. At least, cover the legs with pads”
— Gabru Tippler (@MrTippler) June 18, 2016
— Devaiah Bopanna (@devaiahPB) June 18, 2016
So Chetan Chauhan has 23 years of experience in banking… Good…They did not make him RBI governor…Got him only to NIFT.
— Vivek (@kaul_vivek) June 18, 2016
Chetan Chauhan as NIFT chief? good enough …how about Sunny Leone as our Cricket Coach??? she is an expert in playing games too!!!
— Lambodar Mishra (@lamboomishra) June 18, 2016