Let's wait and watch: Celebs on Chetan Chauhan as NIFT chief

Chauhan\'s appointment is specially being trolled after the BJP chose Gajendra Chauhan to chair FTII and Pahlaj Nihalani to lead CBFC.

Published: 19th June 2016 06:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2016 06:35 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHIFormer cricketer Chetan Chauhan's appointment as the chairperson of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) here left the Twitter world abuzz with trolls, but fashion designers and the institute's alumni want to wait and watch how he fares.

Chauhan's appointment is specially being trolled after the Bharatiya Janata Party chose Gajendra Chauhan to chair the Film and Television Institute of India and Pahlaj Nihalani to lead the Central Board of Film Certification.

Celebrated fashion designer Ritu Beri, who was a part of the first batch of NIFT said, "The previous heads (of NIFT) unfortunately haven't been the ones with fashion qualification either, so it's a repeat, I guess... and time will tell what he does for NIFT."

Beri said it would be unfair to comment about Chauhan before he begins his journey at the premier fashion institute, which has given the fashion industry some of the most successful and creative names.

"NIFT deserves and requires a 100 per cent attention. So I would have liked to hear that someone with more time to dedicate was taking care of the institution."

Chauhan is also the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Vice President, runs a cricket academy and even owns a printing press.

Designer Varija Bajaj, said: "It is important to have an in-depth industry knowledge and management skills. Unfortunately, Mr. Chetan Chauhan does not fit in that role criteria even remotely."

"Hunterrr" actor Gulshan Devaiah, a NIFT alumnus, said "When I was a student with NIFT, the position of a chairman and Director General and directors of each centre usually were an IAS officer or something equivalent to that. It's purely an administrator/bureaucratic position."

"Frankly, I would prefer an IAS... There is a reason why that kind of education is held in high esteem," Devaiah said.


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