Vadodara is more popularly known by its earlier name Baroda. It is an important city in Gujarat. Vadodara stands third among the largest cities in Gujarat, closely following Ahmedabad and Surat. It is known for its rich cultural heritage, and hence the city has earned the name of the ?Sanskrit Nagar? or the ?Kala Nagari? (City of Arts). After the Mughals were expelled by the Marathas from Gujarat, their local lieutenants known as the Gaekwad clan settled down in Vadodara. The descendants of the royal family still remain in this city in the famous Lakshmi Vilas Palace. Fertilizers, medicines, compounds, fisheries, dairy, fiber weaves and machine gears contribute to this citys economy. Crops like rice, wheat, grams, sugarcane, yellow peas and yarn are harvested in Vadodara. The city is located on the banks of the Vishwamitri river. Vadodara experiences a semi-arid climate, with dry summers and winters and humid monsoon days. Many large-scale and heavy industries can be found in this city. Units of Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (IPCL), Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals (GSFC), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (or ONGC), Gujarat Alkalis and Chemicals Limited (GACL) and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) are to be found in and around the city. There are numerous educational institutions in Vadodara including the largest university in Gujarat - Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.
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.