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Indian Banks: The Story of State Bank of Travancore

State Bank of Travancore (SBT) history

The Bank was established as the Travancore Bank Ltd. on the 12th September, 1945 with the support and patronage of the then Maharaja of Travancore. Though not credited, it was an initiative of Travancore Dewan Sir CP Ramaswami Aiyer. The bank started its operations from Aana Cutchery — the then new Hajoor Cutchery (Secretariat) in Trivandrum1. We are fairly assuming that the Travancore’s two-elephant-insignia was the bank’s aswell during those times.

 

Chithira Thirunal and Sir CP
Chithira Thirunal and Sir CP

Att the instance of the RBI and SBI, 9 banks viz Travancore Forward Bank Limited, Kottayam Orient Bank Limited, The Bank of New India Limited, The Vasudeva Vilasom Bank Limited, The Cochin Nair Bank Limited, The Latin Christian Bank Limited, The Champkulam Catholic Bank Limited, The Bank of Alwaye Limited, and The Chaldean Syrian Bank Limited got acquired/amalgamated in to the bank.

SBT (State Bank of Travancore) Logo
SBT Logo
SBT Old Building (Aana Cutchery)
SBT Old Building (Aana Cutchery)

 

On January 1, 1960, the bank became an associate of the State Bank of India.

SBT old logo
SBT old logo

Tagline: A long tradition of trust