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.
IDBI Bank was founded in 1964 under the Parliament Act as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the RBI. In 1976, GOI took the ownership of IDBI, and it became the primary financial institution for streamlining the activities of financing and developing industry institutions involved in India. In July 1995, After the public issue of IDBI, the government holding in the bank shares came down from 100% to 75%. RBI formed a committee which recommended the IDBI for diversification of its activities and harmonizing the role of development financing and banking activities by reducing the gap between commercial banking and developmental banking. To sync with reforms in the financial sector, IDBI reshaped to a commercial institution. IDBI obtained the status of a limited company under the IDB(Transfer of Undertaking and Repeal Act, 2003, viz, IDBI Ltd. The RBI conferred the scheduled bank status to IDBI under the RBI Act, 1934. As a result from 1st October 2004, the IDBI formally entered into banking business as IDBI Ltd. In the Forbes Global 2000, IDBI Bank was ranked 1197 in May 2013.Mr. B Sriram is the interim MD and CEO of the IDBI Bank. The equity shares of IDBI Bank is listed on Bombay Stock Exchange and NSE.