Coimbatore is situated in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the second largest city in the state, after Chennai. Coimbatore is one of the largest producers of cotton and it is famous for its textile industry. The city has played an essential role in the Indian independence and has gained popularity after independence. It has witnessed industrial growth in the last few decades concerning the textile industry, information technology, commerce, education and healthcare. It is known as the manufacturing hub of Tamil Nadu. The city is surrounded by the Western Ghats in the West and the North. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is on the northern side of the city. The citys urban wetlands are home to around 116 species of resident and migratory birds. Many exotic birds such as the spot-billed pelican, painted stork, ibis and black-winged stilt visit the area on their migration route. Coimbatore has a lot of entrepreneurial ventures. Although a diverse and cosmopolitan city, Coimbatore has a refined taste for art and culture. It conducts its own music, art and dance festivals every year around September and December, during the Margazhi month of the Tamil calendar. Coimbatore serves as an educational hub for South India. The Coimbatore district hosts seven universities apart from many engineering, medical and polytechnic colleges. There are more than 150 Arts and Science Colleges in the city besides a large number of schools.
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.