Indian Rupee has a symbol, finally

The jury has given its verdict: the rupee will retain its Indian character with an international flavour. The five-member panel has chosen IIT post-graduate D Udaya Kumar’s design from among five shortlisted symbols and recommended it for Cabinet approval.


Kumar’s symbol (on the left) is an amalgam of the Devanagari ‘Ra’ and the Roman capital ‘R’ without the stem, very much in line with what Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had envisioned. “We intend to formalise a symbol for the Indian rupee which reflects and captures Indian ethos and culture,” Mukherjee said in his Budget speech this year.

The chosen symbol has the Finance Minister’s approval, said a Ministry official.

The Ministry had organised a symbol design competition with a prize money of Rs 2.5 lakh with the condition that it should be applicable to the standard keyboard, be in the national language script or a visual representation and should represent the historical and cultural ethos of the country.

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5 Comments

  1. B K CHOWLA says:

    It is a great job done by a youngster.Given an opportunity, we have a lot of talent.
    I think the proposal is awaiting cabinet approval

  2. R K Singh says:

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  3. dinu says:

    looks good 😀 R and R in hindi .. 😀 nice work

  4. I didn’t like it as much as another one without the line on the top.

  5. Anil Kowshik says:

    Why the government is so hastily deciding on Rupee Symbol – a symbol which is of
    great historical significance to our country?

    The symbol adjudged best of
    the lot and supposed to have been accepted by the Government is too mediocre,
    …not at all appealing and too heavy in its form. Sorry to say even the symbol
    designs submitted by the other four finalists too were very
    disappointing.

    A simple symbol I am presenting here as an example would rather look smart and slick in comparison with the final five – not to say or claim it to be the best, nor it was one
    among the contested symbols.

    In the first place the competition was not
    widely and exhaustively publicized to attract best of talents from all over
    India, nor it was conducted in a very highly imaginative and professional
    manner. It was just rushed through the bureaucratic drill, even the jury played
    it very passively. The emphasis should not have been on selecting a rigid symbol
    developed by one individual, leaving no scope for modifying or improving it for
    the final symbol. Rather, it should have been a multiple stage contest with
    large-scale participation of talented, professionals and the learned, towards
    evolving a symbol to be accepted finally. The Government should have exerted its
    right to select, reject or modify (in a manner it finds fit) the symbol
    recommended/selected by the Jury.

    Nothing is too late for the Government
    and rethinking is not impossible. Will the Government act in the best interest
    of the country’s pride?

    To see the proposed alternative click the url:

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Save-Indian-Rupee-Symbol/138630619484857

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