The city of Agra is located on the banks of River Yamuna. It is the home to one of the most famous Indian monuments - the Taj Mahal - which is also one of the seven wonders of the world. The city was founded in 1504 by Sultan Sikandar Lodi of the Delhi Sultanate. This iconic city is a part of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is a bustling haven for tourists from around the globe. The city is very close to the national capital of New Delhi. It has a rich historical and cultural background. Agra was the seat of governance under the Sultanate of Delhi for a while and turned into prominent place during the Mughal age. It is undoubtedly one of the most populated cities in UP, whose economy of Agra is essentially driven by tourism. Many historic monuments, forts and ruins such as the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Itimad-Ud-Daulah, the Mughal Heritage Walk, Akbars tomb, Mankameshwar temple, Gurudwara Guru Ka Talare etc. dotted all around the city apart from the famous Taj Mahal. Substantial agricultural produce, crafts, textile as well as leather goods also contribute to the economy and employment in Agra. The sweets of Agra are famous throughout the country. The city nurtures a large number of self-employed individuals who run their own small and medium scale businesses.
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.