Panihati is a developing city in the North 24 Parganas district of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a part of Kolkata Urban Agglomeration with more than 3 lakh residents. Panihati municipality is a part of the Kolkata Metropolitan Area Development Area or KMDA. There are prestigious educational institutions such as the St. Xaviers Institution, the Narula Institute of Technology, Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, etc. in the vicinity of the city. The small city is well connected via railways with two important railway stations - Agarpara and Sodepur in the vicinity. The place is known for hosting many industries. The Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals at Panihati is a leading manufacturer of medicines. The Bengal Waterproof Works Private Ltd. is popular for their brand Duckback. The Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd. has five manufacturing units in and around Panihati. The residents are either employed in these industries or they travel to the various service sectors of the KMDA region for work.
Vaman Kudva, T M A Pai, Upendra Pai worked together to set up the Syndicate bank in 1925. As time passed, 20 banks joined with the Syndicate Bank Limited along with Southern India Apex Bank Limited and Maharashtra Apex Bank Limited. In 1964, the name of the bank was changed to Syndicate Bank Limited, and the corporate office was moved to Manipal. The bank extended its business not only on the national land but overseas too. It opened a branch in London and managed to incorporate Musandam Exchange Co. in Muscat and National Exchange Co. in Doha. At Hauz Khas, Delhi, it had opened its 1000th office in 1978. The bank has more than 3500 branches currently, and all offices are providing core banking-e-banking services under anywhere-anytime-anyhow banking mission. It has been conferred "Best Bank Award" by Sri Jairam Ramesh, Honble Minister for Rural Development, Government of India In the RSETI movement. The Bank had also been awarded by State forum of Bankers Club, Kerala, "Banking Excellence Award 2013" for being the second best public Bank in overall performance. During Synd LIC Saptah (2 to 7 December 2013), the Bank has been awarded for Record-Breaking Performance by marketing 15119 policies, during a week by Life Insurance Corporation of India.