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The Rupee Symbol – Competition By Finance Ministry Of India

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I had to dig out this link : The Rupee Symbol (PDF) to believe that finance ministry of India has organized a competition to design the symbol to represent Rupee. Since everyone thinks we are going to be superpower by 2020 (and no one knows how :p ) , the design of Rupee Symbol holds extreme importance.

Visit above link to go through the guidelines, rules et al. Then, India Times design team came up with few (weird) symbols: look here . The symbols they have come up with are pretty complicated and may take lifetime to memorize and another lifetime to learn to draw. I think the rupee symbol should be damn easy to draw.

By the way, I’m wondering why do all currency symbols have horizontal/verticle lines crossing the letters? Look here: 😐

I’m very happy with Rs. or INR. What do you say?

The Big K


  1. Same here: happy with Rs, and always wondered why currency symbols have horizontal or vertical lines crossing. Something similar to flags of nations always divided into sections using horizontal or vertical lines.

  2. Rakesh Chaubey

    April 16, 2009

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    I suggested a simple symbol made up of the letters i and n (upside down letter U), both in lowercase, superimposed on top of each other. It was rich in symbolism and very adaptable from the computerization standpoint. But ‘editoret’ of Timesofindia seemed to favor complicated designs which will never fly… if at all there is going to be a flight !

  3. rakesh

    January 13, 2010

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    Information under RTI Act, 2005
    Given by Shr Sushil Kumar, Under Secretary to the Govt. of India & CPIO—–F.No. 3/40/09-Cy Dated 7th January, 2010

    Que. 1 Name, Professian & Home State of all the member of jury
    (i) Smt. Usha Thorat, Deputy Governor, RBI, Mumbai-Chairman.
    (ii) Shri K.V. Eapen, Joint Secretary, Deptt. of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi.
    (iii) Ms. T. Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, New Delhi.

    (iv) Smt. Aditi Mehta, Joint Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi.
    (v)Shri Anil Sinha, Chairperson, Integrated Desgin Services and Industry Programmes & Projects, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
    (vi) Professor Hemant Nagdive, Director, JJ School of Arts, Mumbai.
    (vii) Shri Bazil Shaikh, Chief General Manager, RBI, Mumbai.

    Que. 2-How meny desins received in hindi/English & other languages out of eligible 2644 designs.

    Ans -The Designs do not have any Language, it is the shape (Drawing) only.
    Que. 3-How meny meetings when , where & each date of meeting, time taken for the meeting & average time of applicant design taken reg. Totat entries of evaluation ?

    Ans. Meetings of Jury were held on 29/30 September, 2009 in Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi and on 16th November, 2009 in Reserve Bank of India, New Delhi for evaluation of entries. The meetings on 29th and 30th September were from 10.00AM to 5.00PM and the meeting meeting on 16th November was from 2-00 PM to 5.00PM

    Que. 4- Total received deigns and total of rejects deigns?
    Ans. There are 3331 eligible entries out of which five final entries were selected by the jury.
    Que. 7- The script of applicant which in Hindi language be translate in other language presents before jury.
    Ans. Only symbol of the applicant was presented to the Jury for selection.
    Que. 10- Explain briefly the rule (hindi-MANAK) of as widely accepting across the INDIA.
    Ans. The criteria adopted by the Jury in selecting the symbol was that the symbol should represent the historical and cultural ethos of the country as widely accepted across the Country and that the symbol has to be in the Indian National Language script or a visual representation. The second stage of selection focused on finer details such as whether the symbol
    (i) is distinct;
    (ii)can evoke a ready recall in India as well as internationally;
    (iii) is not unduly cluttered, i.e. simplicity;
    (iv) has strength of design;
    (v) is easy to write and typecast; and
    (vi) has integrity, unity of form and compact look
    Que. 11-The Biodata of eligible design put-up before jury or Coding Procedure in applied?
    Ans. Coding procedure was adopted.

  4. aman

    November 10, 2010

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    Lok sabha Unstarrred Que No. 4459 (Reg. INR symbol)ans on 20-08-2010 is uplode the website..

    4459 . Shri MAHESHWAR HAZARI



    Will the Minister of FINANCE be pleased to state:-

    (a) whether the Union Government has adopted a new symbol for the rupee;

    (b) if so, the details thereof; and

    (c) the importance and significance of this change in design and its likely effect on the growth of the economy?



    (a) & (b): Yes, Sir. The Union Government has adopted R. as a new symbol for the rupee.

    (c): The symbol for the Rupee would lend a distinctive character and identity to the currency and further highlight the strength and robustness of the Indian economy as also a favoured destination for global investments.

    2nd latest Question..

    List of PL. Questions No. 805 for Writen ANSWERS

    Friday, November 12, 2010/Kartika 21, 1932 (Saka)

    Symbol of Indian Currency


    Will the Minister of FINANCE

    be pleased to state:

    (a) whether the symbol of Indian

    currency has been changed;

    (b) if so, the details thereof;

    (c) whether the Indian culture and

    custom have been taken care of while

    changing the Indian currency symbol; and

    (d) if so,the details thereof?

    PDF Link Loksabha website

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