Rampur is a city located in the Rampur District of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A rich and thriving city earlier, Rampur was known for its industries like sugar refining and cotton milling. Its famous library has over 12000 rare manuscripts and an excellent collection of Mughal miniature paintings. It functions as the administrative headquarters of the Rampur District and hosts a majority of Muslim population. It is often referred to as the city of Nawabs. Rampur is famous for unique long-bladed knives known as "Rampuri chaaku," which has been recently banned by the state government. The Nawabs of Rampur were highly fond of poetry and other fine arts. Hence, the city is famous for its Urdu poetry which has come to be known as the Rampuri school of poetry. The city is also known for the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana of Hindustani classical music. The rulers of Rampur have gifted the city with architectural wonders - the Rampur Fort, the Jama Masjid, the Shahbad Gate, the Nawab Gate are a few to name. The economy of Rampur is driven by its major cash crop called mentha which aids in the manufacture of menthol oil. The kite-making industry is a prime industry in Rampur; artisans make hand-made kites of various sizes and shapes that are popular all over the state.
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.