Anand is the administrative center of the eponymous district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is situated in the Charotar region which consists of the Anand and Kheda Districts. This city is popularly known as the Milk Capital of India as it was the seat of the milk revolution started by Verghese Kurien who established the first plant of AMUL at Anand in 1946. The Head Office of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd is located in Anand. There are many other reputed organizations based in this area such as NDDB of India, Vidya Dairy, the Institute of Rural Management Anand and the Anand Agricultural University. Vallabh Vidhyanagar, an educational suburb of Anand, is home to thousands of students from all over India. The vibrant economy of the Anand ranges from farming to large-scale industries. Major crops that are grown in the area are tobacco and banana. Dairy farming is the leading source of economy in Anand. Vitthal Udhyog Nagar, a huge industrial belt located on the outskirts of Anand, has many famous industries such as Elecon Engineering, Vulcan Industrial Engineering Co. Ltd, The Charotar Iron Factory, Milcent and Atlanta Electrics and Warm Steam, etc. Three thriving vegetable markets have developed in this city. Anand houses around 3 lakh residents who speak mainly in Gujarati and also in Hindi.
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.