The city of Tirunelveli, a major city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is also known by the name Nellai. it was known as Tinnevelly during the British era. It is an ancient city which is about 2000 years old and it is a town of ancient tradition and culture. River Thamirabarani flows through this city. It is an educational hub with many schools and colleges such as Anna University Regional Campus, Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli Law College, the Tirunelveli Veterinary College and Research Institution, etc. Tirunelveli has around a million residents employed in the service-sectors pertaining to administration, agro-machinery, agricultural trading, tourism, banking, information technology and educational services. The city has beedi and cement factories, workshops for steel-based products, tobacco companies, mills for cotton textiles, spinning and weaving units, etc. There are several small-scale industries like tanneries and brick kilns. Agriculture, as well as the handloom industry, also contribute to the economic growth of the city. The city is very well-connected to the rest of the state and the country via road and railways. There are a number of historical monuments at Tirunelveli - the Swami Nellaiappar Temple being the most famous one.
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.