Pune is a bustling and vibrant metropolis in the state of Maharashtra. Being the second largest city in the state after Mumbai, Pune has become a thriving center of academia and business. The people of Pune lovingly call the city by its erstwhile name "Poona." Pune, coupled up with its industrial counterpart Pimpdi-Chinchwad and three other cantonments, forms the Pune Metropolitan Region or PMR. Looking into the historical past of the city, Pune was ruled by Shivaji and a line of Peshwas till the British took over in 1817 and made it the monsoon capital of the Bombay Presidency. Geographically, the city is located near the Western Ghats at one side, the Deccan Plateau on the other and the Mutha River flows along the left edge of the city. The cool, dry and soothing climate of Pune makes Pune a much-coveted city to settle in. Pune experienced the waves of globalization in the 1990s. The city hosts many well-known educational institutions and is often called the "Oxford of the East." The local economy of the state thrives on education, manufacturing and information technology. With its dynamic mix of capitalism and spiritualism, ancient and modern architecture, and its diverse cultural trends, Pune epitomizes the New India, a city worth exploring.
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.