The large city of Shimoga in the Indian state of Karnataka functions as the district headquarters of Shimoga District. The city has been officially renamed shivamogga in 2014. It is located in the central part of Karnataka, on the banks of the Tunga River and serves as a gateway to the hilly regions of the Western Ghats. Shivamogga is popularly nicknamed as the "Gateway of Malnad." Shimoga experiences a tropical wet and dry climate and has a population of around 3.3 lakh. Shimoga is an important center for education with its wide variety of prestigious schools as well as colleges. Industries such as Malnad Alloys, Pearlite Industries, Vijay Technocrats, Perfect Alloys, Shanthala Sperocast, etc. are some foundries that manufacture castings which are supplied to other related industries in the country as well as exported. The city is surrounded by lush green paddy fields, chili plantations, areca nut and coconut groves which contributes to the economy of the city. An IT Park is being constructed at Shimoga, near the upcoming Shimoga airport.
The ICICI Bank is one of the major private banks with assets of around 17.25 billion US$. Currently, the bank has a presence of 4,867 branches and 14,367 ATMs in India as of 31st March 2018. ICICI Ltd initially promoted the ICICI Bank in the year 1994. ICICI Ltd was created at the initiative of World Bank, GOI and few representatives of Indian industry in 1955, with the primary objective of developing an institution to provide medium and long-term project financing to Indian businesses. In the year 2001, the ICICI Ltd and ICICI Bank board and the shareholders approved for the merger of these two entities and two of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, ICICI Capital Services Ltd and ICICI Personal Financial Services Ltd. As a result in April 2002, the ICICI banking and financing operations, both wholesale and retail had been merged into a single entity. The ICICI Bank provides several banking products and financial services to its corporate and retail customers through different delivery channels and the group companies. The board members of ICICI Bank consists of individuals having rich experience in banking and financial services, international business, management consulting. For CSR, the ICICI Bank is involved in human and economic development at the national level.