Ujjain is situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is the administrative headquarters of the Ujjain district and is also known as ?The city of Temples.? It lies on the banks of the eastern river Kshipra. In antiquity, Ujjain was an important center of learning and power in the country. It was ruled by different dynasties and was a pre-eminent seat of power for the most powerful rulers in central India. The city is divided into 54 wards that help in its proper civic governance. Manufacturing and textile industries along with agricultural yields like soybean, wheat, jowar and bajra form the backbone of the citys economy. It has a lengthy history of being a center for learning and that has further developed in recent times through prestigious institutions like Vikram University, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Business Management, Maharshi Panini Sanskrit University, Mahakal Institute of Technology, Ruxmaniben Deepchand Gardi Medical College, Ujjain Engineering College, etc. Ujjain is a city of temples. It holds an important place in the Hindu pilgrim trails in India. Its temples and monuments like Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple, Vikram Kirti Mandir, Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir, Ram Ghat, Gadkalika Temple, Sandipani Ashram, Iskon temple are well respected and must-visit destinations for Hindu devotees.
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.