Coimbatore: Of the 100 newly elected councillors of the Coimbatore Corporation who will take oath on Wednesday, 25 are graduates, 13 are postgraduates, and two PhDs. Seven councillors didn’t have any formal education. The rest 53 councillors have done their schooling between Class V and Class XII.
The two councillors who had completed their PhDs are Sharmila Chandrasekar from AIADMK, who won from ward 38, and Baby Sudha Ravi from DMK, who won from ward 45.
Sharmila did her PhD in educational technology while Baby Sudha did her PhD in science stream.
Councillors Meena Loganathan, Ilakkumi Izhamselvi and Nivetha Senthipathy are the top contenders for the mayoral post of the Coimbatore Corporation. While Meena Loganathan is a postgraduate in Tamil, Ilakkumi Izhamselvi has completed Plus Two. Nivetha is doing her masters (second year) in psychology in a private university in Punjab after graduating in physics.
Sharmila said education gave an edge to her as she can talk without any hesitation and discuss people’s issues. It also helps in quick grasping of problems faced by people. She plans to help graduates from her ward in finding placements in private companies, she said.
Thavamani Palanisamy, who won from ward 25, said that she had completed till class IX but did not mention it in the nomination paper as she had to provide the certificate.
A councillor who does not want to be identified said that he did not do schooling. However, he had learned to read and write in Tamil.
“I have a good understanding of issues faced by people. I am also connected well with them. We should be connected with the people to be a good councillor,” he said.
Meanwhile, corporation commissioner Raja Gopal Sunkara took to his personal twitter account to reveal some insights into new councillors’ background. He stated that three councillors are aged less than 30 with the youngest being 22-year-old Nivetha Senathipathy. The average age of the councillors is 47.


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