Ludhiana is the largest city in the north Indian state of Punjab. It is one of the richest cities in our country. The city is known to be a textile manufacturing hub in the north. It has a lot of large, medium and small scale manufacturing units. Ludhiana is also known for its industrial units. These units mostly produce and supply for bicycle and auto parts. The city is centrally located in the middle of the state. It provides a lot of employment opportunities to people from the state as well as across the country. Ludhiana also has substantial agricultural lands in the outskirts of the city that require a lot of manpower supplied by various parts of India. Ludhiana has been on a consistent upward trajectory due to its industries and it is rumored that Ludhiana has the largest number of imported luxury vehicles in the whole nation. The central city is densely populated with many markets and small trading units. On the education front, this city is home to the largest agricultural university in the continent called the Punjab Agricultural University. Besides this, there are some old and modern colleges such as Christian Medical College, Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, University Business School, etc. There are a few places in Ludhiana that attract visitors. Phillaur Fort, Maharaja Ranjit Singh war museum, Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagroan, Nehru Rose Garden, etc. are of great tourist interest. Ludhiana is soon becoming a hub of real estate since plenty of commercial and residential projects are coming up in the city, opening up multiple new job avenues.
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.