The two neighboring cities of Hubli (or Hubballi in the local language) and Dharwad in the South Indian state of Karnataka were merged in 1961 to form the twin city of Hubli-Dharwad. The name "Hubballi" literally translates to "flowering creeper" in Kannada. The word "Dharwad" refers to a place of rest during long travel or a small habitation. While Hubli acts as the commercial center and business hub, Dharwad situated around 20 kilometers away is the administrative headquarter of the twin city. This city is the second largest in the state after the capital city of Bangalore. As history reveals, the area had been ruled by the famous Vijayanagara dynasty and later by the Mughals, the Nawabs, the Marathas as well as the Peshwas. Hubli, being the commercial hub, houses numerous of small and medium industries. The area is known for mining manganese ore and granite as well as for the agricultural production of cotton, groundnut and oilseeds. The twin cities are also adept at manufacture of textiles from the cultivated cotton. The green and scenic city of Dharwad, apart from housing the citys administrative departments, is also a seat of learning. Prestigious and renowned educational institutions like Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Karnataka State Law University, The District Institute of Education and Training, University of Agricultural Sciences, etc. An IIT has also been recently established at Dharwad.
Corporation Bank was started about 111 years ago in 1906, with an initial capital amount of just Rs.5000/-. The bank has recorded Rs. 3,03,185 Crore mark in business, with more than 9900 service outlets across the nation, served by committed and dedicated over 19,000 Corp Bankers. The evidence of its growth can be seen in its financial performance and enviable track record. The prominent reason for bank celebration is empowering the rural and urban population together by being able to participate in nation building. Today, the Corporation Bank is the significant contributor to the growth of the countrys economy. After getting nationalized in 1980, the Corporation Bank evolved and adapted to the financial sector reforms. It became the Second Public Sector Bank in the country to enter capital market, the IPO of which was oversubscribed by more than thirteen times. The Bank took many initiatives in credit services such as Cash Management Services, m-Commerce, " Online " approvals for Educational loans, 100% CBS Compliance and more recently, the bank made an effort in taking the technology to remotest villages through low-cost branchless banking or Business Correspondent model.