City Twinning : Coimbatore, India – Esslingen, Germany
Esslingen Coimbatore Association (Esscom) is found under the Societies Act, 1975 to facilitate the twinning between both the cities and was found in Nov 2008.
By the end of the 20th century, Coimbatore witnessed new schools being founded by industrialists in order to impart education to their employees’ children. The establishment of colleges and training institutes was an after-effect. Today, these educational institutions are recognized world-wide and draw the attention of foreigners and Non – Tamil speaking Indians. IT and other core companies have their internal learning centers in many colleges and universities of Coimbatore. Student internship, field training sessions, and student exchange programs prune technical and managerial talents. In addition, institutional tie-ups with core companies and foreign universities give rise to wide opportunities for aspiring graduates.
- 1831 – The first school in Coimbatore – C.S.I Boys High School
- 1868 – Establishment of Agricultural School
- 1875 – The first college in Coimbatore – Government Arts College
- 1945 – The first engineering college – Government College of Technology
- 1949 – The first training institute of Indian Air Force – Air Force Administrative College
- 1950s – The first private engineering colleges, PSG College of Technology and Coimbatore Institute of Technology
- 1966 – The first medical college in Coimbatore – Coimbatore Medical College
- 1978 – The first law college in Coimbatore – Government Law College
- 1990 – Establishment of Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History
- In 1971, the Agricultural School was converted into Tamilnadu Agricultural University (TNAU), the only agricultural university in Tamil Nadu. At present, TNAU offers a wide spectrum of courses and empowers farmers and future Indians in Agriculture and Crop & Food Management.
Today, Coimbatore District is home to 7 Universities (3 govt. run universities and 4 private universities), 6 renowned central govt. run research institutes, 3 medical colleges, 2 dental colleges, 35 polytechnics and 150 arts and science colleges and still counting.
The schools are government run or managed by private trusts. Private trust aided schools are funded by the government and follow the Matriculation / State / CBSE / ICSE / Tamil Nadu Anglo Indian School Board syllabi. Primary schools in rural areas are either run by the government offering full-fledged mid-day meals or are adopted by religious organizations, missionary, NGOs or corporates providing technical and financial contributions towards managing the school.