The historic city of Panipat is located in the Indian state of Haryana. The three huge battles were fought near this city in 1526, 1556 and 1761, which were all major turning points in the Indian history. The city is well-known in the area by its nickname the "City of Weavers" and "Textile City." It is the global center for recycling textiles. According to the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Panipat was one of the five cities or prasthas that were founded by the Pandavas and was named Pandavaprastha in the ancient time. The city houses the Panipat Refinery and the Panipat Thermal plant. It has a population of around 9 lakh people with an average literacy rate of 87%. Few places of tourist interest in the city are the Panipat Museum, Hemus Samadhi Sthal, Ibrahim Lodhis Tomb, Baburs Kabuli Bagh Mosque, Salar Ganj Gate, Kala Amb, etc. The city is well connected to all the nearby regions through roads and railway.
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.