Bardhaman is a city in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is also known by its anglicized name Burdwan. It functions as the headquarters of the Purba Bardhaman district. Bardhaman used to be the district capital during the British era. The city experiences a hot and humid climate and hosts around 4 lakh residents. It is connected to the neighboring cities of Kolkata on one side and Durgapur on the other via the Durgapur Express Highway (NH2). There are quite a few places worth visiting in and around the city. The Shrine of Sarvamangala is believed to be a holy spot that is built upon Goddess Satis umbilicus. The Curzon Gate was built when Lord Curzon had visited the city for the first time. The Shiva Temple At Nawab Hat has 108 temples dedicated to the great Lord. Bengal being a major educational hub in the country has many prestigious educational institutions in each city. The University of Burdwan is one of the most prestigious universities in the state. Burdwan Medical College, Burdwan Raj College and Vivekananda Mahavidyalaya, Burdwan are of great repute. Many residents of Burdwan travel to the nearby cities for work. A good number of the population is employed in various government offices within the city. Agriculture is another major contributor to the citys economy as Bardhaman is known for its rich and fertile soil.
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.