Meerut is a thriving city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the second largest urban agglomerate in the National Capital Region with nearly 1.5 million residents. It lies between the plains of the Ganga and the Yamuna. The city is known to be the largest manufacturer of sports equipment and musical instruments. Meerut was considered to be among the ancient cities of Hastinapur, the capital of the Kaurava and the Pandava kingdoms as mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The city dates back to the ancient Indus Valley civilization. Meerut is divided into 80 wards for administration, which are represented by elected corporators. Meeruts economy is principally based on manufacturing industries. Apart from sports and musical instruments, the city also has textile, sugar, distillery, chemical, paper, publishing and handloom industries. Meerut is known for its gold market, which is one of the largest jewelry markets in Asia. Over 25,000 skilled craftsmen are employed in this market, who process around 60 kilograms of the gold in a day. Meerut also has many educational institutes like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Swami Vivekanand Subharti University and Shobhit University. Notable places to visit when traveling to Meerut include Amarnath Mandir, Gandhi Bagh, Basilica of Our Lady of Graces and Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary. The city has top-notch infrastructure as it is well connected to all the important cities in North India. Meerut is just 70 kilometers away from the country capital New Delhi. This proximity serves as a boon for Meerut as the connectivity ensures a citys economic welfare.
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.