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.
Established in 1994,the IndusInd Bank Ltd is a Mumbai based bank which offers commercial and electronic banking products and services. The Union Finance Minister, Mr.Manmohan Singh inaugurated it in April 1994. The operations of the bank started under the chairmanship of S.P Hinduja on 17th April 1994, with the aim of serving to the NRI community. The name of the bank is inspired from the Indus Valley Civilization.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 global spread. The IndusInd bank has its subsidiaries in Abudhabi, London, and Dubai. The maximum number of offices in India are in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. It has 1885 ATMs and 1004 bank branches across 625 locations of the country as on June 2016. The bank has been ranked 13th among top 50 most valuable brands on Brandz Top in the year 2015.