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 SBI is a multinational public sector bank having its head office in Mumbai, Maharashtra. As of 2017, the company is ranked 217th on the Fortune Global 500 list of the worlds biggest corporations. The SBI is the prominent bank in India having one-fourth share of the total loan and deposits market besides a 23% market share in assets. The SBI bank founded in 1806,has its roots from the Bank of Calcutta, claiming it one of the oldest commercial bank of the Indian subcontinent. In British India, the Bank of Calcutta, the Bank of Bombay and the Bank of Madras merged into the other two "presidency banks," to form the Imperial Bank of India. In 1955, the Government of India took control of the Imperial Bank of India with a 60% stake of RBI, renaming it the State Bank of India. In 2008, the government acquired the stake of RBI. The SBI offers several banking products in India and overseas. SBI has 57 zonal offices and 16 regional hubs located at important cities throughout India. The SBI has 18,354 branches in India. SBI held 11,300 camps and opened over 3 million accounts by September under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana of financial inclusion launched by the Government in August 2014.