Indian Bank is one of the indigenous banks of India that emerged as a result of the Swadeshi Movement during the British Raj. The bank was established on 15th of August, 1907. One of the prime figures associated with the establishment of the bank was V. Krishnaswamy Iyer, a lawyer from Madras (Now Chennai). The bank soon spread its wings outside India too, and opened its branch in Colombo, Sri Lanka in the year 1932 and Rangoon, Burma in 1940. The bank was further nationalized by the Government of India in the year 1969.
The modest beginning made by the Indian Bank has come a long way since then, with 1642 branches located nationwide within India and Overseas branches in Singapore and Colombo as of April 2009. The bank also has 40 Overseas Correspondent banks in 70 countries, giving a strong presence internationally. A 22,000 strong workforce of dedicated employees takes pride in serving the Indian Bank.
Indian Bank offers a wide variety of Banking Products and Services to its customers, including various Deposit Schemes, Loan Options, Financial Services, Stock Investment Services and a number of specialized services such as Remittance, Collection, 7 Day Banking Branches, Cash Management and Electronic Funds Transfer. As of April 2009, the bank has Core Banking Solution (CBS) implemented in its 1642 branches and 66 extension counters. The bank has 755 connected Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) installed in 225 locations nationwide.
Apart from its Regular Banking Services, the Indian Bank has also been offering various other services through its 3 subsidiary companies, which are Indbank Merchant Banking Services Ltd., IndBank Housing Ltd. and IndFund Management Ltd.
Indian Bank has been a leader in bringing new initiatives for development of rural banking and extending help to the farmers of India. The bank has received award from Honorable Union Minister of Finance for Excellence in Agricultural Lending. Apart from it, the bank also received the Best Performer Award for Micro-Finance activities in Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).