"I had studied in NSD and I had headed it", said Kher, a veteran of over 500 films.
A veteran actor, Anupam Kher has won many national and worldwide awards, including the "Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role" five times.
Only last month Chauhan hit back at Kher citing a newspaper report saying FTII had seen "improvement in some aspects during Chauhan's tenure".
He has previously held the post of chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and the National School of Drama. The students, later, called off the strike as it affected their academics, but the President of the FTII student association had earlier told mid-day, "We have been struggling with this issue for nearly five months".
The appointment of Anupam Kher is, however, posing several questions, while the students are taking his appointment as a joke.
Kher is a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.
FTII Director Bhupendra Kainthola and other senior functionaries including Deans of both films and television wings are in New Delhi since Tuesday morning for a meeting with the Secretary, Information and Brodcasting.
As Anupam Kher comes in as FTII Chairman, we take a look at the controversy surrounding Gajendra Chauhan's appointment.
The two-year stint of Chauhan, which ended in March 2017.
"FTII needs somebody who is well-qualified, someone having a great body of work", said Kher.
On his appointment, he said that it was a sense of achievement and responsibility.
His appointment was followed by massive protests by FTII students and ex-students and a 139-day strike demanding his removal from the post. His institute "Actor Prepares" is one of the most sought after acting institute.