The scenic city of Imphal is the capital of the Indian state of Manipur. The ruins of the ancient Palace of Kangla, which is surrounded by a moat, is located in the center of this city. It used to be the royal seat of Kingdom of Manipur. The city is known for its several prestigious educational institutions such as IIIT Manipur, Manipur Institute of Technology, NIT Manipur, Manipur Technical University, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science, Manipur Central University, Central Agricultural University, National Sports University, Manipur University of Culture, etc. There are several branches of Don Bosco, DAV Public School, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Schools in and around the city that makes Imphal an educational hub. Imphal serves as an important location for tourism in Manipur - the Kangla Fort on the banks of the Imphal River has many temples inside and is surrounded by a beautiful lake. The Hiyangthang Lairembi Temple Complex, Imphal War Cemetery, India Peace Memorial on Red Hill, Ima Keithel Womens Market are few of the places in the city that are worth visiting. The economy of Imphal is primarily agrarian. The soil and the climatic conditions support the cultivation of various grains, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables. The handloom and handicraft industry is the largest cottage industry in the city and excels in weaving as well as cane and bamboo crafts. Tourism also fuels the citys economy.
The Shamrao Vithal Co-op. Bank Ltd. or SVC Cooperative Bank Limited, is a banking company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 a scheduled bank, and one of the oldest Urban Co-operative Bank in India built in 1906. The bank was set up when co-operation was just started in the country. It was established with the primary aim of helping the less fortunate members of the community under the ambit of its economic enterprises. It was also to encourage savings and to create funds for providing financial aid to deserving members.Mr. Rao Bahadur Shripad Subbarao Talmaki was the chief architect of the Bank. The Bank was initially registered as a Co-operative Credit Society on 27 December 1906. The Bank is present in 10 States of India. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Goa, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. In 1907, cumulative deposit scheme, fixed deposit scheme and saving bank deposit were introduced by the bank. After that in 1911, the facilities for remittance were made available to the members by the draft. In 1913, the cash credit scheme was introduced by the bank. In 1956, facilities were thrown open to all communities. In 1988, the Shamrao Vithal bank was conferred the scheduled bank status.