Kozhikode is a thriving city in the Indian state of Kerala. Nestling peacefully along the Malabar Coast, this city is popularly known as Calicut. The Kozhikode metropolitan area happens to be the second largest urban agglomeration in the state with a population of over 2 million. This city was earlier a major trading point of eastern spices and was hence called the "City of Spices." Kozhikode received the tag of the "City of Sculptures" or "Shilpa Nagaram" on 7th June 2012 because of the magnificent architectural sculptures around the city. Kozhikode has a strong mercantile aspect and business drives the economy of the city. One can find shops selling everything from saris to cosmetics in the Mittai Theruvu area which is undoubtedly a shoppers paradise. There are innumerable restaurants and sweetmeat shops in Kozhikode. Shopping malls are plentiful in and around Calicut. The city is home to some prestigious educational institutions like the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode and the famous Calicut Medical College.
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.