Berhampur is a city near the eastern coastline of the Indian state of Odisha. It is located in the Ganjam district. This east Indian city is also known as Brahmapur. The city has around 4 lakh residents who mostly follow Hinduism. Although Odia is the commonly spoken language in this city, about 40% of the population speak in Telugu owing to the city being located near the state border between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The people of Berhampur are quite fond of theatre arts. The notable educational institutions in this city are the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhanja Bihar Campus of Berhampur University, Khallikote University, Lingaraj Law College, etc. The city experiences torrid summers and mild winters with heavy rainfall during the monsoon. The city is known for its innumerable temples.
In 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.