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.
DCB Bank Ltd. is a private sector commercial bank having a network of 310 branches and 515 ATMs in India. The bank offers products to small and medium businesses, rural banking, individuals, and mid-corporates across the branch network. The DCB Bank is declared as the Best Small Bank in India by Businessworld Magna Awards 2017. The Bank is present in 19 States and 3 Union Territories. The DCB Bank is also considering expansion in tier 3 to tier 6 towns in Odisha, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra. The states where DCB Bank branches are located in India: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. Recently the branches of DCB Bank were inaugurated at Kusnoor (Gulbarga) in Karnataka, Ajmer in Rajasthan and Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi in the National Capital Region. In the 1930s, in Mumbai from a series of Co-operative bank mergers with the Ismailia Co-operative Bank Limited and the Masalawala Co-operative Bank respectively, DCB bank was found. The promoter of the Bank is the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) with around 15.02% stake. On 31 May 1995, the Bank received the Scheduled Commercial Bank license from the Reserve Bank of India.