Rampur is a city located in the Rampur District of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A rich and thriving city earlier, Rampur was known for its industries like sugar refining and cotton milling. Its famous library has over 12000 rare manuscripts and an excellent collection of Mughal miniature paintings. It functions as the administrative headquarters of the Rampur District and hosts a majority of Muslim population. It is often referred to as the city of Nawabs. Rampur is famous for unique long-bladed knives known as "Rampuri chaaku," which has been recently banned by the state government. The Nawabs of Rampur were highly fond of poetry and other fine arts. Hence, the city is famous for its Urdu poetry which has come to be known as the Rampuri school of poetry. The city is also known for the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana of Hindustani classical music. The rulers of Rampur have gifted the city with architectural wonders - the Rampur Fort, the Jama Masjid, the Shahbad Gate, the Nawab Gate are a few to name. The economy of Rampur is driven by its major cash crop called mentha which aids in the manufacture of menthol oil. The kite-making industry is a prime industry in Rampur; artisans make hand-made kites of various sizes and shapes that are popular all over the state.
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.