Guwahati, often pronounced as Gauhati in the regional dialect, is a scenic city situated in the north-eastern state of Assam. It lies on the foothills of the Shillong plateau and the Brahmaputra River flows through it. Guwahati is a larger expanse that encompasses the city of Dispur which is the administrative capital of Assam. Guwahati is the hub for trade and commerce in the northeast with the economy of the city driven by tea plantations and tourism. Industries such as pharmaceuticals, oil, electronics and textiles also contribute to it. The Guwahati refinery is one of the oldest refineries in India which contributes substantially to the economy and employment in the city. Assam is known for its tea. Most of the tea leaf processing and trade happens through Guwahati. The city also boasts of its beautiful handloom and textiles that are exported to all parts of India. Education is a rapidly developing sector in Guwahati. Some of the countrys finest institutions like the IIT have been set up in the city in addition to the older prestigious institutions that were already extant in Guwahati. Tourism is a dominant sector and the city acts as a gateway to the entire Northeast. The Kamakhya temple and the Umananda temple draw innumerable devotees every year.
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.