Malegaon is a small city in the Nashik District of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was previously known as Mulligaum and it lies at the convergence of the Mausam and Girna rivers. The city is known for its famous fort. The Malegaon fort, which took 25 years to build, attracted a lot of Muslim workers and artisans from all over the country, who settled in the area. Later, many people from the Muslim community migrated to this city during various revolts and uprisings in the country. The city has roughly 6 lakh residents, among which 79% follow Islam as their religion. The city is a major hub for cloth weaving. The city has over 3 lakh power looms and t attracts workers from all the neighboring regions. PVC pipe manufacturing industry has also gained importance in Malegaon in the recent years. The citys education system supports native language Marathi as well as Urdu and English through many institutions. There are a few schools in the area, alongside junior colleges and senior colleges that are affiliated to the Pune University. The students seeking higher education generally travel to nearby cities. Malegaon is known for its notorious spoof film industry called Mollywood, which makes parodies and spoofs of classic Hollywood and Bollywood films. Its an extremely low budget film industry where most of the actors are the residents exhibiting their talents and their imaginative minds.
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.