Erode is a small and beautiful city located on the banks of the Kaveri River in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The seventh largest city in the state, Erode is often referred to as the Textile city or the Turmeric city. Erode is an ancient region with a great history and cultural significance. The modern city has half a million population from different religions and it is divided into 60 for effective civic governance. The economy of Erode is primarily driven by the textile, turmeric and oil industries which provide employment opportunities to a good portion of the city?s population. Erode is also known for industries such as rice mills, leather processing, paper production, engineering, auto and looms. The BPO sector in this city is gradually developing. Erode is also known for its handloom products, knitwear and food products. The Government Technical Institute is a prominent educational institution in the city. A few places of tourist attraction in and around Erode include the Thindal Murugam Temple, CSI Brough Church, Thowheeth Mosque, Sankagiri Fort, Natadreeswarar Temple, Vellore Birds Sanctuary, 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.