* Late Shri Baldevbhai Dosabhai Patel:
Late Shri Baldevbai was born in 1917, in a village named as SANAND near Ahmedabad. His father’s name was Dosabhai and mother’s name was Jadiben. Leadership accompanied by vision was the prime quality of Shri Baldevbhai. He joined his father in a business of grain at the age of only 20 and made Ahmedabad as his field of action. He was proficient, competent, capable and clever in the business. His method of transacting the business with service, made him popular and loved one. He was capable enough to accomplish the job, correctly, and in time. These qualities made him a true leader. He started cotton business in 1972 and earned the credit of reputed businessman.
In 1958, he established Grain Merchants building society and in 1962, he was elected as President of Ahmedabad Grain Merchant Association. In 1973, he became President of “Gujarat Anaj Vepari Sangh” and in 1982, he was elected as President of “Gujarat Vepari Mahamandal”.
In 1969, when major banks of the country were nationalized, the businessmen were avoided for convenient, easy and speedy credit. Therefore he thought of establishing a bank for Grain Merchants. Late Shri Gopaldas Shivlal Patel and Shri Arvindbhai Saheba joined him in his new venture.
The Reserve Bank of India granted the licence to start the bank and on 5th December 1970, The Kalupur Commercial Co-operative Bank Ltd. started functioning in a small room at Kalupur area.
Late Shri Baldevbhai Patel’s vision of helping the society in the areas of health, education etc could give birth to so many organizations and others were helped for development.
In 1983, Late Shri Baldevbhai, established “SANAND Education Trust” and also started girls school at Sanand in memory of his mother Late Shrimati Jadiben. He was leader, and instrumental inspiration in establishing Girls school, Women’s Collage, Pharmacy College at Gandhinagar under the banner of “Kadi Sarvavidyalaya Kelvani Mandal”. The Kelavani Mandal started the courses like MBA, MCA etc.
As a founder of the Bank Shri Baldevbhai had few goals.
- To maintain the self respect of the businessmen.
- To provide easy and timely credit to the businessmen with simple procedure.
- To serve the society. Profit is not the barometer of success of the bank, but to help the projects of education, health and to entertain charity projects as well, was the goal.
- He wanted this bank as a symbol of common man’s bank and wanted to provide easy credit to the needy persons even without securities. The person with a small business or self employed should be able to get loans with convenience.
- He had a vision of transparent management. reputed and recognized leaders in the society to manage this bank without any gain or benefit.
In the year 1988, the Reserve Bank of India gave the status of scheduled Bank to 11 co-operative Banks in the country out of 1400 co-operative banks. There were three co-operative banks to be given this status in the state of Gujarat. The Kalupur Bank was the only bank in the city of Ahmedabad.
The bank got the status of Multy State Scheduled Bank from the year 1995. Now the Bank is competing with nationalized banks, private sector banks in terms of technology and services at very affordable charges to the customers.
The vision of Late Shri Baldevbhai has succeeded. Shri Baldevbhai died in the year 1997 in opening ceremony of Standard Co-operative Bank.
* Late Shri Gopalbhai Shivlal Patel:
Late Shri Gopaldas was one of the visionary and co-founder of the Kalupur Commercial Co-operative Bank Ltd. He was born in 1922 at Village Bavla, Ahmedabad Dist. He was a person of hard work, clever in business and competent. He had leadership qualities coupled with honesty in every work that he accepted.
He joined the business of grain Merchant, Cotton, and Polyster yarn at a very young age. He joined hands with Late Shri Baldevbhai Dosabhai Patel in establishing the Bank. His contribution to formation of the Bank, securing licence and creating faith amongst businessmen was incomparable. His reputation in the business community coupled with his involvement in other business and social activities, brought tremendous support and will good to the Bank.
He served the Bank as Director from 1970-74 as Vice Chairman from 1974 to 1989, as Managing Director from 1990 to 1997 and as Chairman from 1997 to 2004. Bank got the benefit of his services for 34 years.
The Bank has been able to progress and develop under his leadership.
* Shri Arvindbhai Saheba:
Born on “Valentine Day”… i.e. 14th February in the year 1921, is one of the Founder Director of the Bank.
Shri Saheba’s contribution in formation of Bank’s bye-laws, registration of the Bank, and as administrator in the initial period is noteworthy. His continued liaison with the leaders of other Co-op Banks, with Reserve Bank of India and with many organizations, helped the Bank in solving teething troubles. Being politician and social worker, he had developed vast contacts. He was a councilour of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation from Khadia, Raipur etc for a long time. He also served as Chairman of “Ahmedabad Transport Services”.
He is very effective in communication. He could bring large deposits and convinced many people to be a shareholder of the Bank. His contribution in growth of “Share Capital” and Deposits, brought strongness to the Bank. Creating people’s faith was his special achievement in the initial stage.
At the age of – 91 – he is an inspirational contributor to the growth of the Bank. He helped Late Shri Baldevbhai and Late Shri Gopaldas Saheb in formation of the Bank as a major problem solver.