Ahmedabad is the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. This former capital of Gujarat is often referred to as "Amdavad" by the natives. It is the fifth populous Indian city which is rapidly growing in terms of business and technology. Ahmedabad is slowly emerging as an important industrial and economic hub in India. Gujarati is the commonly spoken language in this city. Gujaratis, being a business-oriented community, have always ensured that the city thrives on multiple lines of trade and commerce. The historic city of Ahmadabad or Old Ahmadabad has recently been declared as Indias first UNESCO World Heritage City. The old city, situated on the bucolic eastern side of the Sabarmati River, used to be girdled by a long wall which was 10km in length. The new city, with wider streets, many upcoming neighborhoods, offices, shopping complexes and several major universities, has emerged on the western side of the river. Ahmedabad witnesses a beautiful amalgamation of tradition and modernity in its landscape, architecture and lifestyle. In fact, the city can mesmerize tourists with its wealth of architecture ? there are centuries-old mosques and mausoleums as well as buildings of cutting-edge contemporary design. The city seems like a fascinating maze comprising of excellent museums, elegant restaurants, bustling street-food joints and the tranquil Sabarmati Ashram., situated on the banks of River Sabarmati in the state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is the largest city in this west Indian state. This city used to be the capital of Gujarat earlier and the locals usually refer to it as ?Amdavad.? The rapidly developing city of Ahmedabad is the fifth most populous city in the country and the local people speak in Gujarati. Although most of the people of Ahmedabad hail from the business community, yet the IT sector is gradually flourishing in the city. The enterprising people of Ahmedabad have always encouraged and welcomed multi-dimensional growth in the city. Ahmedabad is no doubt becoming an essential economic and industrial hub in the country, and the city is attracting enthusiastic job-seekers from all over the country. The ?old city? of Ahmedabad, which is a UNESCO World Heritage City, is found on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati River, standing proudly in its rustic grandeur. The newer parts of Ahmedabad are gradually developing into a modern Indian city, with tall buildings, posh neighborhoods, wide streets, offices, universities and shopping complexes on the western bank of the Sabarmati. Quite close to the Great Indian Desert, the city experiences hot and arid weather throughout the year but nonetheless, it attracts crowds of tourists every year to explore the ancient mausoleums, museums and the famous Sabarmati Ashram while relishing the delectable Ahmedabadi street food.
On 19th February 1943, the OBC was started in Lahore, Pakistan by Late Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal, the founding father of Oriental Bank of Commerce. The bank had to face the after-effects of partition in 1947. The branches in the newly formed Pakistan had shut, and the Registered Office had shifted from Lahore to Amritsar. The registered office was relocated to Delhi, in the year 1951. In 1980, it was nationalized by the Indian government. The merchant banking division of the bank was set up in 1992, and it was authorized by SEBI to act as a category-I merchant banker. In the year 1997, Punjab Co-operative Bank Ltd and Bari Doab Bank Ltd were merged with the OBC bank. The bank had joined hands with Citibank for launching OBC co-branded credit card. In the year 1999, OBC had set up asset recovery branch, one each at Delhi and Mumbai. For women entrepreneurs in the year 2002, the Bank had opened a specialized office and collaborated with Corporation Bank for sharing ATM network. In the year 2003, CBS, OBC had joined hands with Infosys Technologies Ltd and Wipro Ltd to make Centralised Banking Solution. In the same year, the OBC Bank and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) had agreed to work on projects in the field of small-scale, infrastructure and service areas. In February 2008, the Oriental Bank Navkiran Deposit Scheme was launched by the bank. Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company entered into a distribution tie-up with OBC in March of the year 2008.