Coimbatore is situated in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the second largest city in the state, after Chennai. Coimbatore is one of the largest producers of cotton and it is famous for its textile industry. The city has played an essential role in the Indian independence and has gained popularity after independence. It has witnessed industrial growth in the last few decades concerning the textile industry, information technology, commerce, education and healthcare. It is known as the manufacturing hub of Tamil Nadu. The city is surrounded by the Western Ghats in the West and the North. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is on the northern side of the city. The citys urban wetlands are home to around 116 species of resident and migratory birds. Many exotic birds such as the spot-billed pelican, painted stork, ibis and black-winged stilt visit the area on their migration route. Coimbatore has a lot of entrepreneurial ventures. Although a diverse and cosmopolitan city, Coimbatore has a refined taste for art and culture. It conducts its own music, art and dance festivals every year around September and December, during the Margazhi month of the Tamil calendar. Coimbatore serves as an educational hub for South India. The Coimbatore district hosts seven universities apart from many engineering, medical and polytechnic colleges. There are more than 150 Arts and Science Colleges in the city besides a large number of schools.
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.