Indiana has established a sister-state relationship with Karnataka in India. The Indian state is home to companies including Infosys and Wipro, which acquired Indianapolis-based Appirio last year in a $500 million deal.

The agreement, signed as part of Governor Holcomb’s economic development mission to India, aims to strengthen economic, educational and cultural ties.

Holcomb signed the agreement with Karnataka Minister for Information Technology, Biotechnology and Tourism Priyank Kharge.

Karnataka capital Bangalore is known as a tech hub in India. Infosys, which in May announced it would bring a tech and innovation hub along with 2,000 planned new jobs to central Indiana, is headquartered in the capital city. In October 2016, Indianapolis-based Appirio was acquired by Wipro, also headquartered in Bangalore, in a $500 million deal.

Holcomb’s delegation is set to return November 3. It includes, among others, Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger, TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier, Indiana India Business Council President Raju Chinthala, Genesys Director of Strategic Accounts Roger Reeves and Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering Dean Raj Acharya.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says at least nine India-based companies operate in Indiana, and the state’s exports to India topped $266 million in 2016.