October 30, 2015
In an interesting question answer session with school students from Germany, Coimbatore Mayor P.Rajkumar urged students of the Zollberg Realschule to take up politics, here on Friday.
Interacting with students who had come to Coimbatore on a 19-day student exchange programme with GD Matriculation School, the Mayor also asked students to show interest in the politics of their country so as to improve their knowledge.
As many as 10 students and 2 teachers from the Zollberg Realschule situated in the city of Esslingen am Necker in Germany visited the City Corporation on Friday and were greeted by the Mayor. They interacted with the Mayor questioning him about his tenure at the office and the functioning of the Corporation.
While answering a question raised by one of the students on why he took up the post and why he likes the job, Rajkumar said that he liked to serve people and added that implementing new schemes for the public was his area of interest in the job.
He also informed the students about the functions of his job and the future projects for the Coimbatore city. “We have given free wifi connections in the city and are also constructing new hospitals for the people in the rural areas. Further we have planned to construct an exclusive synthetic hockey court in the city,” he said.
Introducing the corporation to the students, Rajkumar briefly explained about the number of wards in the city and the functions of the councilors and also took the students inside the city council hall.
He said that Coimbatore was an important business hub and added that the city was also known for its sweet Siruvani water. “Siruvani river water is considered to be the second tastiest water in the world. The city is also surrounded by the Western Ghats in the western region and is abode to various flora and fauna. We also have eight lakes inside the city where many birds visit the lakes,” said Rajkumar.
Rajkumar presented a portrait of the Coimbatore Corporation Council hall building to each student and also felicitated the teachers who accompanied them. Deputy Mayor Leelavathy Unni also participated in the session.
The students, who reached Coimbatore on the October 17 also visited various places in Coimbatore, including Marudamalai, the Nilgiris Biosphere Nature Park (NBNP) in Anaikatty, the Kasthuri Srinivasan Art Gallery and the Collector office. They also visited a textile factory in Tirupur. They have been accommodated in the houses of the students of GD School and would be leaving Coimbatore on November 4. They also participated in the exchange of culture, education and ideas with the students of the GD school.
Meanwhile, ten students from GD school will soon be leaving for the Zollberg Realschule in Germany as a part of the programme.