Dhule is one of the major cities in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Situated on the banks of Panzara River, Dhule lies in the verdurous valley of the Tapti River. It is a municipal corporation in Dhule District situated in the Khandesh region of Maharashtra. Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya had planned this city. There is a famous temple of Devi Ekveera on the banks of the Panzara River, who is regarded as a Gramadevata of the city. The city experiences dry weather except for the rainy days of the monsoon. Dhule is considered to be one of the upcoming hubs of the power loom, textile and edible oil. Since it is situated at the junction of three major National Highways (NH-3, NH-6, and NH-211), it is considered to have a strategic advantage for trade. The Ministry of Electronics and IT is set to open a BPO at Dhule. The city boasts of its educational heritage which a large number of educational institutes like the SES College of Engineering, WKDSPMs Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial College of Law, Mukesh Patel Technology Park - Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, etc.
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.