Guwahati, often pronounced as Gauhati in the regional dialect, is a scenic city situated in the north-eastern state of Assam. It lies on the foothills of the Shillong plateau and the Brahmaputra River flows through it. Guwahati is a larger expanse that encompasses the city of Dispur which is the administrative capital of Assam. Guwahati is the hub for trade and commerce in the northeast with the economy of the city driven by tea plantations and tourism. Industries such as pharmaceuticals, oil, electronics and textiles also contribute to it. The Guwahati refinery is one of the oldest refineries in India which contributes substantially to the economy and employment in the city. Assam is known for its tea. Most of the tea leaf processing and trade happens through Guwahati. The city also boasts of its beautiful handloom and textiles that are exported to all parts of India. Education is a rapidly developing sector in Guwahati. Some of the countrys finest institutions like the IIT have been set up in the city in addition to the older prestigious institutions that were already extant in Guwahati. Tourism is a dominant sector and the city acts as a gateway to the entire Northeast. The Kamakhya temple and the Umananda temple draw innumerable devotees every year.
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.