Jhansi is a famous and historic city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located in Bundelkhand, between River Pahuj and Betwa, towards the extreme south of the state. The city of Jhansi serves as the administrative headquarters of both the Jhansi district and the Jhansi division. The city of Jhansi was earlier a walled town known by the name of Balwantnagar. It was ruled by the Marathas for a long time and Rani Lakshmi Bai was the celebrated empress of Jhansi who brought the region into the limelight. The city is known for its offerings to tourism - the historical Jhansi Fort attracts a lot of visitors apart from the Government Museum of Jhansi, the Rani Mahal, and several other temples. The city is well connected to all the major neighboring cities through railway and road. Apart from some prestigious colleges and universities like Bundelkhand University, Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Government Polytechnic Jhansi, etc., Jhansi also has two well-acclaimed research institutes - Indian Grassland & Fodder Research Institute and Central Agro-Forestry Research Institute.
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.