The city of Dewas is located on the Malwa plateau in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It functions as the administrative center of the Dewas District. Dewas is an industrial city. It houses a government bank note press which happens to be the largest of its kind in Asia. The word Dewas is assumed to be a combination of the words Dev which means deity and Vas which means abode; so Dewas refers to the house of the God. The city lies at the foot of a conical hill, known as Chamunda hill, which has the shrine of the Goddess Vashini on its peak. The city was known for being a production center of retail opium during the 19th century. The city has many industrial units of companies like Tata, Kirloskar, Arvind Mills, Gajra Gears, Sun Pharma Industries Limited, etc. employing thousands of workers. The city is known for its soya bean processing industry in the country. Places of tourist interest in and around Dewas are Mata Tekri, Kaila Devi temple, Meetha Talab, Chamunda Hills, etc.
Punjab National Bank is a financial services company and a state-owned headquartered in New Delhi, India. In 1894, the PNB was found. The bank had over 80 million customers, 6,937 branches, and 10681 ATMs across 764 cities as of 31 March 2017. Outside India, the bank has a subsidiary in the UK as well as in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Dubai, and Kabul. On 19 May 1894, the PNB was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, with its office in Anarkali Bazaar, Lahore. The founding board from different parts of India established the bank with the common objective of creating a truly national bank which would further support the economic interest of the country. The founders of PNB included many leaders of the Swadeshi movement such as Kali Prasanna Roy, E. C. Jessawala, Prabhu Dayal, Dyal Singh Majithia and Lala Harkishen Lal, Lala Lalchand, Bakshi Jaishi Ram, and Lala Dholan Dass. The Lala Lajpat Rai was actively associated with the management of the Bank in the initial years. The board of PNB first met on 23 May 1894. On 12 April 1895, the bank began its business in Lahore. In 1900, the PNB opened its first branch outside Lahore.