Ahmedabad is the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. This former capital of Gujarat is often referred to as "Amdavad" by the natives. It is the fifth populous Indian city which is rapidly growing in terms of business and technology. Ahmedabad is slowly emerging as an important industrial and economic hub in India. Gujarati is the commonly spoken language in this city. Gujaratis, being a business-oriented community, have always ensured that the city thrives on multiple lines of trade and commerce. The historic city of Ahmadabad or Old Ahmadabad has recently been declared as Indias first UNESCO World Heritage City. The old city, situated on the bucolic eastern side of the Sabarmati River, used to be girdled by a long wall which was 10km in length. The new city, with wider streets, many upcoming neighborhoods, offices, shopping complexes and several major universities, has emerged on the western side of the river. Ahmedabad witnesses a beautiful amalgamation of tradition and modernity in its landscape, architecture and lifestyle. In fact, the city can mesmerize tourists with its wealth of architecture ? there are centuries-old mosques and mausoleums as well as buildings of cutting-edge contemporary design. The city seems like a fascinating maze comprising of excellent museums, elegant restaurants, bustling street-food joints and the tranquil Sabarmati Ashram., situated on the banks of River Sabarmati in the state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is the largest city in this west Indian state. This city used to be the capital of Gujarat earlier and the locals usually refer to it as ?Amdavad.? The rapidly developing city of Ahmedabad is the fifth most populous city in the country and the local people speak in Gujarati. Although most of the people of Ahmedabad hail from the business community, yet the IT sector is gradually flourishing in the city. The enterprising people of Ahmedabad have always encouraged and welcomed multi-dimensional growth in the city. Ahmedabad is no doubt becoming an essential economic and industrial hub in the country, and the city is attracting enthusiastic job-seekers from all over the country. The ?old city? of Ahmedabad, which is a UNESCO World Heritage City, is found on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati River, standing proudly in its rustic grandeur. The newer parts of Ahmedabad are gradually developing into a modern Indian city, with tall buildings, posh neighborhoods, wide streets, offices, universities and shopping complexes on the western bank of the Sabarmati. Quite close to the Great Indian Desert, the city experiences hot and arid weather throughout the year but nonetheless, it attracts crowds of tourists every year to explore the ancient mausoleums, museums and the famous Sabarmati Ashram while relishing the delectable Ahmedabadi street food.
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.