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.
The CBI is one of the oldest and largest commercial banks in India and owned by the government. It is headquartered in Mumbai, the capital city of the state of Maharashtra and known as the financial capital. The bank has 4715 branches, 5319 ATMs across 27 Indian states and three Union Territories. Overseas, the CBI has a branch at Nairobi, Hong Kong having a joint venture with Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, and the Zambian government.CBI has also opened a representative office at Nairobi in Kenya recently. It is one of the 20 Public Sector banks in India to receive recapitalization finance from the government over the next 24 months. For opening representative offices in five more locations - Singapore, Dubai, Doha, and London, the Central Bank of India approached the RBI. The reserves of the bank and surplus stood at ? 283030 million. As of 31 March 2015, the total business at the end of the last fiscal approximately amounted to ? 45,05,390 million. On 21 December 1911, Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala founded the Central Bank of India with Sir Pherozeshah Mehta as the Chairman. The Indian Government nationalized the Central Bank of India on 19 July, 1969together with 13 others banks.