Aligarh, a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, was earlier known as Allygurh & Koil. The city is around 150 kilometers away from New Delhi. One of the largest cities in UP, Aligarh is well-known for the Aligarh Muslim University. The city is administered by its municipal corporation known as Nagar Nigam Aligarh. It is divided into five tehsils which are further divided into 12 blocks. The city is an agricultural trade center and the economy is fuelled by the processing and manufacturing of agricultural products. It is also a world-renowned business center for locks which are exported worldwide. The city is also known for its hardware and sculptures made of brass. There are innumerable manufacturers, exporters and suppliers in Aligarh who are involved in the brass, bronze, iron and aluminum industries. The Shekha Jheel Bird Sanctuary, the Aligarh fort, the Mangalayatan Temple and Aligarhs famous museums are places worth visiting in this city.
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.