The city of Agra is located on the banks of River Yamuna. It is the home to one of the most famous Indian monuments - the Taj Mahal - which is also one of the seven wonders of the world. The city was founded in 1504 by Sultan Sikandar Lodi of the Delhi Sultanate. This iconic city is a part of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is a bustling haven for tourists from around the globe. The city is very close to the national capital of New Delhi. It has a rich historical and cultural background. Agra was the seat of governance under the Sultanate of Delhi for a while and turned into prominent place during the Mughal age. It is undoubtedly one of the most populated cities in UP, whose economy of Agra is essentially driven by tourism. Many historic monuments, forts and ruins such as the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Itimad-Ud-Daulah, the Mughal Heritage Walk, Akbars tomb, Mankameshwar temple, Gurudwara Guru Ka Talare etc. dotted all around the city apart from the famous Taj Mahal. Substantial agricultural produce, crafts, textile as well as leather goods also contribute to the economy and employment in Agra. The sweets of Agra are famous throughout the country. The city nurtures a large number of self-employed individuals who run their own small and medium scale businesses.
In 1943, Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal Ji, the first Chairman of OBC, founded it in Lahore. Within four years of its existence, the Oriental Bank of Commerce had to face Partition between India and Pakistan. The bank had to shut its branches in the newly formed Pakistan and move its registered office to Amritsar. The period of 1970-76 had been the most challenging phase in the history of the Bank. The OBC merged with Global Trust Bank (GTB) on 14 August 2004. The acquisition brought 103 branches with it, which increased OBCs branch number total to 1092. The bank presents a wide range of banking products and financial services such as deposit accounts, credit cards with a tie-up with SBI, Insurance products, ATMs, loans, debit cards, Internet banking, Self-banking halls, call center, mobile banking, etc. The Bank has introduced another peoples participation in the planning process at grass root level fundamentally to tackle the maladies of poverty. The Grameen Projects venture aimed to alleviate poverty while identifying the reasons responsible for the failure or success. The OBC has already introduced a GRAMEEN PROJECT in Dehradun District (UK) and Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan.