NEW DELHI: Former 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.
Since Chetan Chauhan has mentioned his decades of service at a bank, and since he could play the square cut well why not appoint him to RBI?— Salil Tripathi (@saliltripathi) June 19, 2016
Given choices of this govt - Gajendra Chauhan to Chetan Chauhan may appoint #VijayMallyasRBIGov Has great experience of banking system— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) June 19, 2016
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.
#RaghuramRajan withdraws from 2nd term.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) June 18, 2016
Ok. Let Gajendra Chauhan, head of FTII, & Chetan Chauhan, head of NIFT decide who'll be head of RBI
"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.