A PROJECT REPORT ON SERVICE QUALITY OF HDFC BANK
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Today‟s finicky banking customers will settle for nothing less. The customer has come to realize
somewhat belatedly that he is the king. The customer‟s choice of one entity over another as his
principal bank is determined by considerations of service quality rather than any other factor. He
wants competitive loan rates but at the same time also wants his loa n or credit card application
processed in double quick time. He insists that he be promptly informed of changes in deposit
rates and service charges and he bristles with „customary rage‟ if his bank is slow to redress any
grievance he may have. He cherishes the convenience of impersonal net banking but during his
occasional visits to the branch he also wants the comfort of personalized human interactions and
facilities that make his banking experience pleasurable. In short he wants financial house that
will more than just clear his cheque and updates his passbook: he wants a bank that cares and
provides great services.
The Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC) was amongst the first to
receive an 'in principle' approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to set up a bank in the
private sector, as part of the RBI's liberalisation of the Indian Banking Industry in 1994. The
bank was incorporated in August 1994 in the name of 'HDFC Bank Limited', with its registered
office in Mumbai, India. HDFC Bank commenced operations as a Scheduled Commercial Bank
in January 1995.
HDFC Bank comprises of a dynamic and enthusiastic team determined to accomplish the vision
of becoming a World-class Indian bank. HDFC bank‟s business philosophy is based on our four
core values - Customer Focus, Operational Excellence, Product Leadership and People. They
believe that the ultimate identity and success of their bank will reside in the exceptional quality
of people and their extraordinary efforts. They are committed to hiring, developing, motivating
and retaining the best people in the industry.
HDFC Bank's mission is to be a World-Class Indian Bank. The objective is to build sound
customer franchises across distinct businesses so as to be the preferred provider of banking
services for target retail and wholesale customer segments, and to achieve healthy growth in
profitability, consistent with the bank's risk appetite. The bank is committed to maintain the
highest level of ethical standards, professional integrity, corporate governance and regulatory
compliance. HDFC Bank's business philosophy is based on four core values - Operational
Excellence, Customer Focus, Product Leadership and People.
HDFC Bank is headquartered in Mumbai. The Bank at present has an enviable network of over
1229 branches spread over 444 cities across India. All branches are linked on an online real- timebasis. Customers in over 120 locations are also serviced through Telephone Banking. The Bank's
expansion plans take into account the need to have a presence in all major industrial and
commercial centers where its corporate customers are located as well as the need to build a
strong retail customer base for both deposits and loan products. Being a clearing/settlement bank
to various leading stock exchanges, the Bank has branches in the centers where the NSE/BSE has
a strong and active member base.
Mr. C.M. Vasudev has been appointed as the Chairman of the Bank with effect from 6th July
2010 subject to the approval of the Reserve Bank of India and the shareholders. Mr. Vasudev has
been a Director of the Bank since October 2006. A retired IAS officer, Mr. Vasudev has had an
illustrious career in the civil services and has held several key positions in India and overseas,
including Finance Secretary, Government of India, Executive Director, World Bank and
Government nominee on the Boards of many companies in the financ ial sector.
The Managing Director, Mr. Aditya Puri, has been a professional banker for over 25 years, and
before joining HDFC Bank in 1994 was heading Citibank's operations in Malaysia.
The Bank's Board of Directors is composed of eminent individuals with a wealth of experience
in public policy, administration, industry and commercial banking. Senior executives
representing HDFC are also on the Board.
Retail Banking Services
The objective of the Retail Bank is to provide its target market customers a full range of
financial products and banking services, giving the customer a one-stop window for all
his/her banking requirements. The products are backed by world-class service and delivered
to customers through the growing branch network, as well as through alternative delivery
channels like ATMs, Phone Banking, Net Banking and Mobile Banking.
The HDFC Bank Preferred program for high net worth individuals, the HDFC Bank Plus
and the Investment Advisory Services programs have been designed keeping in mind needs
of customers who seek distinct financial solutions, information and advice on various
investment avenues. The Bank also has a wide array of retail loan products including Auto
Loans, Loans against marketable securities, Personal Loans and Loans for Two-wheelers. It
is also a leading provider of Depository Participant (DP) services for retail customers,
providing customers the facility to hold their investments in electronic form.
HDFC Bank was the first bank in India to launch an International Debit Card in association
with VISA (VISA Electron) and issues the Mastercard Maestro debit card as well. The Ba nk
launched its credit card business in late 2001. By March 2010, the bank had a total card base
(debit and credit cards) of over 14 million. The Bank is also one of the leading players in the
“merchant acquiring” business with over 90,000 Point-of-sale (POS) terminals for debit /
credit cards acceptance at merchant establishments. The Bank is well positioned as a leader
in various net based B2C opportunities including a wide range of internet banking services
for Fixed Deposits, Loans, Bill Payments, etc.