Government enters a fresh wave of controversy with the appointment of Chetan Chauhan, former cricketer as the chairman of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). He is currently the Vice President of Delhi and District Cricket Association, a post well deserved for he had played for considerable period of time as opener along with Sunil Gavaskar and had some cricketing history behind him.
In addition he runs a cricket academy, has newsprint business, and was a former BJP MP. So what is he doing in a premier fashion institute? Well, for all you know, this may be his reward for his devotion to BJP party. In a recent interview after his appointment, speaking to media he thanked Amit Shah (so you know who takes all such intelligent decisions), and said that he has time for everything. “I will spend 60 per cent of the time in DDCA, 20 per cent at NIFT and 20 per cent in my business,” says Chetan Chauhan.
A quick look at the terms for appointment to NIFT reveals the following guidelines. According to 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. The term of the appointment is three years.