Guwahati, often pronounced as Gauhati in the regional dialect, is a scenic city situated in the north-eastern state of Assam. It lies on the foothills of the Shillong plateau and the Brahmaputra River flows through it. Guwahati is a larger expanse that encompasses the city of Dispur which is the administrative capital of Assam. Guwahati is the hub for trade and commerce in the northeast with the economy of the city driven by tea plantations and tourism. Industries such as pharmaceuticals, oil, electronics and textiles also contribute to it. The Guwahati refinery is one of the oldest refineries in India which contributes substantially to the economy and employment in the city. Assam is known for its tea. Most of the tea leaf processing and trade happens through Guwahati. The city also boasts of its beautiful handloom and textiles that are exported to all parts of India. Education is a rapidly developing sector in Guwahati. Some of the countrys finest institutions like the IIT have been set up in the city in addition to the older prestigious institutions that were already extant in Guwahati. Tourism is a dominant sector and the city acts as a gateway to the entire Northeast. The Kamakhya temple and the Umananda temple draw innumerable devotees every year.
In 1964 the head office of Indian Overseas Bank was inaugurated at Mount Road. The Indian Overseas Bank has been the first public sector bank to introduce mobile banking services using Wireless Application Protocol(WAP). On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. In 2005, the IOB began a representative office in Guangzhou; China followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, UAE. In 2007 The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by Bank Of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank (IIB Malaysia), began its operations in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank has a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has incorporated an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch. In 2014-15, the IOB bank has crossed the target of 3000 ATMs as on 2014.IOB also launched m passbook app as a new mobile banking initiative.