Pondicherry is the capital the largest city of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is affectionately referred to as Pondy and "Pdy" in short. Its official name has become Puducherry since 2006, which means new town in Tamil. The city is divided into 42 wards for effective governance. The 1st to 10th wards are located in the north of the city. The Boulevard town has Wards 11?19. The remaining wards are situated in the southwest of the downtown. Pondicherry has been a colony of the Dutch, Portuguese, British and French. However, the French East India Company dominated over the area for a long time and the city is widely known as a French settlement. The economy of Pondicherry is dependent upon the cultivation of crops such as rice, pulses, coconuts, sugarcane and cotton. Being a seaside city, it is also known for its fisheries and seafood. Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination. The city has numerous colonial buildings, churches and temples, within the systematically planned French style avenues, that still retain a colonial aura and attract tourists. The Promenade Beach and Auroville make the city all the more famous. Students from all over the country enroll themselves at the reputed institutions such as the French Institute of Pondicherry and the Pondicherry University.
IndusInd Bank was founded in 1994 under the chairmanship of Srichand P Hinduja, head of the Hinduja group and a famous NRI. The head office of IndusInd Bank is in Mumbai and offers a wide range of financial products and services. The bank began with a capital amount of Rs.1 billion out of which Rs. 600 million had been raised by the Indian residents and rest of the amount by NRIs.Among the new-generation private banks, IndusInd Bank is the first in India. The bank has its specialization in retail banking, and it keeps on upgrading its support systems through new technologies. It is also expanding its branches all across the country along with the global spread. In 2008-09, the bank tied up with BONY Mellon for online remittances from the US to India. It has received the prestigious ISO 27001 certification for IT operations in 2009-10. It was ranked second in the fastest growing bank category published in the report by the business world and PWC. In 2016, it was featured on Forbes among 50 super companies in India. Mr. Romesh Sobti, the MD, and Chairman won the best CEO award in the year 2018.