Meerut is a thriving city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the second largest urban agglomerate in the National Capital Region with nearly 1.5 million residents. It lies between the plains of the Ganga and the Yamuna. The city is known to be the largest manufacturer of sports equipment and musical instruments. Meerut was considered to be among the ancient cities of Hastinapur, the capital of the Kaurava and the Pandava kingdoms as mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The city dates back to the ancient Indus Valley civilization. Meerut is divided into 80 wards for administration, which are represented by elected corporators. Meeruts economy is principally based on manufacturing industries. Apart from sports and musical instruments, the city also has textile, sugar, distillery, chemical, paper, publishing and handloom industries. Meerut is known for its gold market, which is one of the largest jewelry markets in Asia. Over 25,000 skilled craftsmen are employed in this market, who process around 60 kilograms of the gold in a day. Meerut also has many educational institutes like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Swami Vivekanand Subharti University and Shobhit University. Notable places to visit when traveling to Meerut include Amarnath Mandir, Gandhi Bagh, Basilica of Our Lady of Graces and Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary. The city has top-notch infrastructure as it is well connected to all the important cities in North India. Meerut is just 70 kilometers away from the country capital New Delhi. This proximity serves as a boon for Meerut as the connectivity ensures a citys economic welfare.
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.