Berhampur is a city near the eastern coastline of the Indian state of Odisha. It is located in the Ganjam district. This east Indian city is also known as Brahmapur. The city has around 4 lakh residents who mostly follow Hinduism. Although Odia is the commonly spoken language in this city, about 40% of the population speak in Telugu owing to the city being located near the state border between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The people of Berhampur are quite fond of theatre arts. The notable educational institutions in this city are the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhanja Bihar Campus of Berhampur University, Khallikote University, Lingaraj Law College, etc. The city experiences torrid summers and mild winters with heavy rainfall during the monsoon. The city is known for its innumerable temples.
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.