Meet Chetan Chauhan -- the new chairman of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). He was Sunil Gavaskar's opening partner in the 1970s and early 80s and is a two-time BJP MP. The 68-year-old, who respresented India in 40 Tests and has over 11,000 first-class runs, is the vice-president of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and a senior BCCI official. He operates a cricket academy in Delhi and owns a newsprint business. He has some banking experience too.
Well, the NIFT Act 2006 says that the chairperson of the board is expected to be "an eminent academician, scientist or technologist or professional," and that the President would nominate that person.
So, what's Chetan Chauhan doing as NIFT chief? What's his connection with fashion? Well, Twitterati are asking these and many similar questions.
Tweeple, who reside in Twitterverse, have couldn't resist raising their voice in the jocular way to the situation. While many let their imagination go in terms of other government appointments, several pointed out that he had a good understanding of 'fine legs'.
Chauhan has the distinction of having scored the most Test runs by an Indian cricketer without scoring a Test hundred. Well, looks like the Twitterati have hit the hundred for him.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE TWEETS
Former cricketer Chetan Chauhan is now chairman, National Institute of Fashion Technology. Reports suggest Salman Khan will soon head ISRO.— lindsay pereira (@lindsaypereira) June 18, 2016
Chetan Chauhan heading NIFT makes sense for this government because, when you don't get an education, cricket and fashion are all the same.— lindsay pereira (@lindsaypereira) June 18, 2016
#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
Ex-Cricketer Chetan Chauhan is Chief of NIFT.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) June 18, 2016
Love his fashion.
Here he is in Shikari Shambhu's new Fall collection. pic.twitter.com/PLzBo0i9n2
Chetan Chauhan, the ex-cricketer, is now heading the National Institute of Fashion Technology! I'm just amazed!— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) 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 is now heading #NIFT... He is changing his name to Che-Taune Shau-Haune! Got be cool ya know!— Ashwin Mushran (@ashwinmushran) June 18, 2016
I would have picked Navjot Singh Sidhu for #NIFT. So much fancy turban-matching...— ranjona banerji (@ranjona) June 18, 2016
Seems that the Govt wants to convert #NIFT into National Institute of Cricket Technology: Congress on Chetan Chouhan appointed NIFT chairman— ANI (@ANI_news) June 18, 2016
Chauhan will bring immense knowledge on fine leg, short leg, deep gulley and apply it on fashion. #NIFT— Gaurav (@taklooman) June 18, 2016