Patna is the largest city in Bihar and the second largest in eastern India, right after Kolkata. It is also the capital city of the state. The city is located on the southern bank of River Ganga. This city was found in 490BC by the Magadha empire and was named Pataliputra. The city has been under the dominance of great dynasties such as the Mauryas, Guptas, Palas and Nandas, who made this city a seat of arts and education in the olden days. Being the 5th among the fastest growing cities in the country, the World Bank had ranked Patna as the second most business-friendly Indian city in 2009. It is one of the rapidly growing Indian cities with the GDP of around 7.29%, which is on the rise with each passing year. It is one of the oldest cities of India. A primarily agricultural city, Patnas economy is based on the production and export of sugarcane, sesame, grains and rice. In the last few years, Patna has undergone a sustained growth phase due to the ?Green Revolution? business, which saw the rise of the FMCG industry and excellent performance of the service sector. This city is developing at a rapid pace as many SMEs and heavy industries are expanding to offer people numerous opportunities, thus making Patna a highly convenient place for people to settle down.
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.