Pondicherry is the capital the largest city of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is affectionately referred to as Pondy and "Pdy" in short. Its official name has become Puducherry since 2006, which means new town in Tamil. The city is divided into 42 wards for effective governance. The 1st to 10th wards are located in the north of the city. The Boulevard town has Wards 11?19. The remaining wards are situated in the southwest of the downtown. Pondicherry has been a colony of the Dutch, Portuguese, British and French. However, the French East India Company dominated over the area for a long time and the city is widely known as a French settlement. The economy of Pondicherry is dependent upon the cultivation of crops such as rice, pulses, coconuts, sugarcane and cotton. Being a seaside city, it is also known for its fisheries and seafood. Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination. The city has numerous colonial buildings, churches and temples, within the systematically planned French style avenues, that still retain a colonial aura and attract tourists. The Promenade Beach and Auroville make the city all the more famous. Students from all over the country enroll themselves at the reputed institutions such as the French Institute of Pondicherry and the Pondicherry University.
the Syndicate Bank was established by Upendra Pai, T M A Pai, and Vaman Kudva. The bank was popular as Canara Industrial and Banking Syndicate Limited at the time of its establishment. The Syndicate bank was nationalized by the Government of India On 19 July 1969, along with 13 major commercial banks of India. It is based in the university town of Manipal, India. The business of the bank started with a capital of 8000 rupees. In 1925, the first office of the bank began its business at Udupi in Dakshin Kannada district, Karnataka, India. Its membership as a clearinghouse was secured at Mumbai by 1937. The main objective of the bank was to provide the financial assistance to the local weavers. Initially, through its agents, the bank collected as low as two annas from the doorsteps of the depositors daily. Pigmy Deposit Scheme is the same kind of system, wherein the agents of the bank come doorsteps to collect the deposit, and it is still prevailing in India. The Bank has its branches in the multiple states and union territories in India. Syndicate Nitte School of Banking (SNSB) is a joint venture between the Syndicate Bank and Nitte Educational International Pvt. Ltd. (NEIL). It operates one center each at Mangalore and Greater Noida.