Former Cricketer And BJP MP Chetan Chauhan Appointed As NIFT Chairman

18/06/2016 4:00 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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INDIA - FEBRUARY 06: Delhi cricket Team coach Chetan Chauhan during a practice session for upcoming the North Zone One Day Championship 2007 at Ferozshah Kotla ground, New Delhi (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/The India Today Group/Getty Images)

Former cricketer and two-time BJP MP Chetan Chauhan has been appointed as the chairman of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) where he has promised to spend '20 percent' of his time.

Chauhan takes over from Kiran Dhingra, a retired IAS officer as the chairman. The Board of Governors of NIFT, according to The Indian Express, was reconstituted in 2010 under Dayanidhi Maran, Textiles Minister in the UPA. Venu Srinivasan, chairman of TVS Motor Co and managing director of Sundaram Clayton Ltd, was appointed as the chairman then.

Speaking to The Indian Express exclusively, Chauhan said, "My fashion sense is not being flamboyant but well dressed. I am not dashing fashion-oriented because I have to go with what suits my age. But I like to dress up smartly and well."

He also added: "We have a Board of Governors and a senate, which includes directors and chairpersons. The supreme body is the Board of Governors, of which I am the chairman. All major decisions are taken in the Board meeting, and I call that meeting. There are three MPs also on the Board.”

Chauhan, also very graciously, said that he will devote 20% of his time to NIFT, 60% to DDCA and 20% to his business.

Twitter, however, was far from convinced by the appointment and was in splits predicting similar appointments that the government may want to make.

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