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.
The Union Bank of India was incorporated on 11th November 1919 with its headquarters in Mumbai. In the year 1921, The Head Office of the Bank in Mumbai was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The Bank has a presence of over 4200+ branches across India. The core values of bank management are reflected in the fact that the bank has shown an exponential profit growth in last 96 years of its working. The Union Bank has been playing a very proactive role in the economic growth of India. It extends credit to meet the requirements of different sectors of the economy such as Industries, exports, trading, agriculture, infrastructure. Along with that, there are individual sectors in which the bank has given credit to influence economic growth and to earn from a well-diversified portfolio of assets. The resources of the bank are mobilized through Term Deposits, Current, Savings, and through refinance and borrowings from abroad. The Union Bank consists of large customer base of over 5.7 crores. On the technology front, the Bank has been an early adopter of technology due to which 100% of its branches are computerized. Shri Rajkiran Rai G. is the current Managing Director and CEO of the bank.