Gorakhpur is situated in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Nestled on the banks of River Rapti, Gorakhpur serves as the administrative headquarters of the Gorakhpur district. History reports that the city was ruled by the Nawab of Awadh and then by the British East Indian Company for over 200 years. At present, the city is divided into 70 wards for the purpose of effective administration. The economy of Gorakhpur is driven by the cultivation of crops like rice, maize, rapeseed, mustard, pigeon pea, sorghum, pearl millet, moong beans, Bengal gram, green peas, wheat, etc. Sugarcane is the chief cash crop grown in the area. The city hosts many educational institutions such as Bhawani Prasad Pandey PG College, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Government Degree College, Blooming Buds Degree College, Jawahar Lal Nehru PG College, BRD Medical College & Nehru Hospital, Indira Gandhi Girls Degree College, etc. Gorakhpur is a fascinating tourist destination which draws people from all parts of the country. The places in and around the city that are worthy of a visit are the Gorakhnath Temple, the Railway Museum, Kushmi Forest, Neernikunj Water Park, Indra Bal Vihar Park and St. Josephs Cathedral church.
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.