The Goethe Zentrum (started in September 2007), offers German language courses in Coimbatore, organizes cultural events and has a German Resource Centre. The Goethe Zentrum functions as a unit of the Coimbatore Indo-German Cultural Association founded by the G D Group, Coimbatore. The mission of the association is to bring about a cultural understanding between the people of the two countries through a host of programmes in the fields of music, literature, theatre and other art forms, in addition to the language.
Shri. G D Naidu, a successful industrialist and a keen educationalist hailing from Coimbatore, South India, had an immense interest in imparting practical education to the young students.
In 1945, he started a college and a polytechnic by name Sir Arthur Hope College of Technology and Sir Arthur Hope Polytechnic, which he later donated to the Government and is currently known as “The Government College of Technology” and “Government Polytechnic”.
In 1972, he started the G D Naidu Charitable Trust with the sole aim of offering short term vocational courses for the students who have passed or failed SSLC. The courses were more practical oriented and covered various fields such as Radio & Television Technology, Automobile Service & Maintenance Technology, Draughtsman Training, Skilled Mechanical Craftsman Course etc.
Later in the year 2002, the trust started another new institution, Gedee Technical Training Institute, in collaboration with the German Chamber of Commerce to offer Diploma courses in par with the German Dual System of Training.The students undergo similar training as that of the world famous German Dual Vocational Training in fields such as Tool Making, Mechatronics etc.
In the rain shadow region of the Western ghats, Coimbatore enjoys a very pleasant climate all the year round, aided by the fresh breeze that flows through the 25 kms long Palakkad gap. The rich black soil of the region has contributed to Coimbatore’s flourishing agriculture industry and, it is in fact the successful growth of cotton that served as a foundation for the establishment of its famous textile industry.The result has been a strong economy and a reputation as one of the greatest industrial cities in South India.
Coimbatore is also famous for foundry and automobile industries, manufacturing of textile industry equipment’s, spares, motor pump sets, wet grinders and varied engineering goods and services. The development of Hydro electricity from the Pykara Falls in the 1930 led to a cotton boom in Coimbatore.
Coimbatore serves as an entry and exit point to neighboring Kerala State and the very popular hill station of Udhagamandalam (Ooty) is 70 kms from Coimbatore. It is the disembarking point for those who want to take the Mountain train that runs from Mettupalayam just 35 kms away from Coimbatore.
The friendship between the two families has now culminated in a city friendship between Esslingen am Neckar and Coimbatore. The official signing of the twinning partnership took place in 2016. Since then, there have been exchanges of ideas in terms of Water Management, Education, Traffic Management, etc. Schools of both the cities have tied up for a school exchange, which is happening on a regular basis.
To cultivate close personal connections and contacts between our citizens, organisations and city administrations and to serve as a basis for improving relations between Esslingen am Neckar and Coimbatore / Tamil Nadu, India. Within the framework of the strategic partnership and the international agreements concluded between India and Germany, all delegations, institutions and organisations of our cities are called upon to do all in their power to further this partnership. lt is our goal to deepen understanding and friendship between our peoples, to strengthen respect for different ways of life and in that way to contribute towards a peaceful co-existence in an increasingly globalised world.
PSG Institute of Advanced Studies
PSGR Krishnammal College for Women
Gedee Technical Training Institute
GD Matriculation Higher Secondary School
Anan International School
Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham