Bhatpara is a city in the Barrackpore subdivision of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a municipality situated in the North 24 Parganas district. It is included in the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Area or KMDA. The place is known for its rich culture and traditions, especially in the field of Sanskrit learning. The name Bhatpara has been derived from its the ancient name "Bhatta-Palli," where Bhatta refers to the sect of Brahmins who were Sanskrit scholars and Palli refers to locality or village. Nestled on the banks of Hooghly river, this city is known to be house a lot of jute processing plants. Bhatpara was known for its Sanskrit education and most of the schools and colleges in the vicinity of the city offer courses in Sankskrit. It is mostly a residential city with most of its residents working in various service sectors of the KMDA region.
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.