Jaunpur is a town as well as a municipal board in the Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh. Jaunpur is located in the Purvanchal area, towards the northwest of the Varanasi district in the eastern part of the state. A greenfield airport is currently under construction in Jaunpur. Jaunpur was founded 1359 by the Sultan of Delhi Feroz Shah Tughlaq and was then known as Sheeraz-e-Hind. However, the ruler of Jaunpur soon broke off from the Delhi Sultanate and founded the Sharqi dynasty at Jaunpur and continued to rule for over a century till the Delhi Sultanate reconquered Jaunpur in 1493. It passed on to the Lodis and the Mughals and finally to the British after the Permanent settlement of 1779. Jaunpur has extremely fertile land due to the presence of five rivers namely Gomti, Sai, Varuna, Pili, and Basuhi. The Indian government initiated industrialization in 1976. The Satharia Industrial Development Authority was set up with more than 500 acres of land to promote industrial, commercial and social development. Pepsico India Pvt. Ltd and Hawkins Cooker Limited have their manufacturing units in this area. The area is dotted with great historical monuments and a few worth visiting are Shahi Quila Jaunpur Fort, Shahi Bridge, Jaunpur Atala Masjid, Jaunpur Jama Masjid, Lal Darwaza Masjid, 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.