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.
Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd was launched in 1985. Mr. Uday Kotak is the MD & CEO of the bank. In 1990, the bank introduced the auto finance division for financing the passenger cars. In 1991, it established the investment banking division. Indias first gilt fund was launched through Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company. The Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd became Indias first non-banking finance company to be converted to a commercial bank. For financing Ford vehicles, the bank took a significant stake in Ford Credit Kotak Mahindra Ltd. The first representative office of Kotak Mahindra was opened in Dubai in 2008. In 2009, the pension fund was launched under NPS. For the digital and social media, the bank has launched innovative solutions such as JIffi and KayPay in the year 2014. The RBI approved the merger of KMFL with ING Vysya Bank in 2015, and Kotak Mahindra Insurance received IRDAI approval for starting its insurance business. In 2017, the bank acquired BSS Microfinance Ltd. Recently the bank has launched Kotak Infrastructure Debt Fund Ltd.