The large city of Shimoga in the Indian state of Karnataka functions as the district headquarters of Shimoga District. The city has been officially renamed shivamogga in 2014. It is located in the central part of Karnataka, on the banks of the Tunga River and serves as a gateway to the hilly regions of the Western Ghats. Shivamogga is popularly nicknamed as the "Gateway of Malnad." Shimoga experiences a tropical wet and dry climate and has a population of around 3.3 lakh. Shimoga is an important center for education with its wide variety of prestigious schools as well as colleges. Industries such as Malnad Alloys, Pearlite Industries, Vijay Technocrats, Perfect Alloys, Shanthala Sperocast, etc. are some foundries that manufacture castings which are supplied to other related industries in the country as well as exported. The city is surrounded by lush green paddy fields, chili plantations, areca nut and coconut groves which contributes to the economy of the city. An IT Park is being constructed at Shimoga, near the upcoming Shimoga airport.
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.