Kota is a south-eastern city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It lies on the banks of River Chambal. It is the 3rd most populous city in Rajasthan and also the administrative headquarters of Kota district divided into 60 wards. This city is also known as the Education City of India as it is a major coaching hub for competitive examination preparations offered by plentiful engineering and medical coaching institutes located in the city. The city also hosts mainstream educational institutions and universities. The Rajasthan Technical University, University of Kota, Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, Indian Institute of Information Technology Kota and University Engineering College further justify its name as the Education City of India. Kota is often referred to as the Industrial city of Rajasthan. Its main economic source is manufacturing industries like chemical, cotton and oilseed milling, textile weaving, engineering, distilling and dairy. Kota is known for its metal handicrafts. Crops like cotton, millet, wheat, coriander and oilseeds are cultivated in and around the city. Kota also has some amazing places to visit. The Chambal Garden, Kota Zoological Park, Seven Wonders Park, Chatra Vilas Garden, Kishore Sagar Lake, Agamgarh Gurudwara Sahib, Jag Mandir, Godavari Dham Temple, Rangbari Balaji Temple, Garadia Mahadev Temple, etc. are frequented by the natives as well as tourists.
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.