Finally Rupee Symbol released

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting released the symbol for Rupee. It will look like this:

Out of the five entries shortlisted, the one by D. Udaya Kumar (of IIT-Mumbai’s Industrial Design dept) was finally selected. He explains his design:

Speaking to on Thursday, a proud D Udaya Kumar said: “My design is based on the Tricolour, with two lines at the top and white space in between. I wanted the symbol for the Rupee to represent the Indian flag. It is a perfect blend of Indian and Roman letters: a capital ‘R’, and Devanagari ‘ra’, which represent rupiya, to appeal to international and Indian audiences.”

“I worked on it for few months and made numerous designs. Finally, I shortlisted 8 to 10 designs and then refined them further till I got this one,” he said.

“I got to know of my design having been chosen to represent the rupee from a media report. It is proud moment for me. But I cannot rely on a media report alone as I have yet to get a confirmation from the finance ministry,” he said, keeping his fingers crossed.

“I will be joining the design department at IIT-Guwahati on Friday, and am looking forward to hearing the good news,” he added


Here is how the five shortlisted entries looked:

Though am not sure which one was selected from these as final one is different!

Here is a profile of 5 short-listed candidates.

I must also acknowledge the efforts of all the people (esp Rakesh Kumar Singh) who have sent their comments and  made all of us aware of the developments in the contest. People were not happy with the opaque way in which the contest was conducted. Especially see these:,top-5-rupee-symbol.html

Quiet a few comments were posted on the previous posts:

Really sad that despite so many comments from these people, none of these were really addressed. Atleast people’s concerns could have been alleviated by giving proper explanation.

Having said all this let us not take anything away from Mr. D. Udaya Kumar. What an achievment! Many congratulations!

34 Responses to “Finally Rupee Symbol released”

  1. Will a New Symbol Help India? « Mostly Economics Says:

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  2. Rakesh Kumar Singh Says:

    No fair selection.
    shoking All RTI Que. and Ans. Given by Fin Min (CPIO and appeel. atho.)Update today 15-07-2010 Time 08.oo PM

    Regards All

    Rakesh Kumar singh
    Lucknow, Utter Prdesh, BHARAT.

  3. Achintya Jain Says:

    I had also made a design that was much better than 3 of these final short-listed entries. I guess, the short-listed entries could have been far better than these. Were other entries so bad or lack of entries was the issue with the competition?
    My wishes to the selected candidate.

  4. Amit Choudhary Says:

    I wanna ask Achintya Jain through Mostly Economics; Achintya Jain, ‘Can u please share ur design with me. I am also on of the contestant.
    m: 09316171814
    u can also contact me on above contacts.

    • Achintya Jain Says:

      Hello Amit,

      I guess, my purpose has been misunderstood by you and moreover, we are not competing here for the selection anymore. Rather, as it’s evident from other responses that people are not much convinced as they should have been after the results. Satisfaction of expectations from the winning entry is missing somewhere. Indian govt should have been more thorough in both publicity and evaluation for something that will represent India on global platform.
      What do you have to say about it?


    We have made better then this finally selected symbol and we are able to show the effective introduce to Indian ruppees.But the commity for RBI has not selected properly that’s why the right symbol is not selected

  6. Anil K Says:

    Now let the government release all the eligible symbols that were considered for this contest, on its website as well as in a booklet form. Let the people know the stuff that was thrown up by the contestants, and whether they fully agree with the jury’s judgment.

  7. rakesh Says:

    Indian rupee symbol . Pl care the matter…

    1st News Hindi News

    DNA news

    New Delhi: Days after its selection by the finance ministry, the symbol of the rupee has got embroiled in a controversy. Two of the unsuccessful candidates have claimed that the selection process to choose the new rupee symbol is full of discrepancies and is flawed. The duo — Anil Khatri and R K Singh — have used RTI replies given by the finance ministry to assert their claim. Designs of both were short-listed, but they didn’t make it to the last five………………….

    All is not well. Jai ho my INDIA

  8. Patel S kumar Says:

    No fair selection in Indian Rupee Symbol.

  9. ra Says:


    नई दिल्ली.रुपया समस्याओं को पैदा करता है और सफलता विवादों को। भारतीय रुपए का नया प्रतीक भी इन दोनों से अछूता नहीं बचा। दो असफल प्रत्याशियों ने दावा किया है कि प्रतीक चिन्ह के चयन में खासा घालमेल हुआ व ये दोषपूर्ण रहा। अनिल खत्री और आरके सिंह ने अपने दावे को पुष्ट करने के लिए वित्त मंत्रालय द्वारा मुहैया कराए गए आरटीआई जवाब का सहारा लिया है। दोनों ही के डिजाइन चयनित हुए थे, लेकिन अंतिम पांच तक वे नहीं पहुंच सके। …..
    Read Full news..

  10. Sudha K Says:

    It may be best of the lot for the jury who went through the contesting symbols, but as it presents itself it is run of the mill sort of thing and quite mediocre – not at all brilliant of sort. The symbol doesn’t give the Indian feel – it looks rather foreign. In the first place the competition was not given wide publicity through different media, hence only about three thousand entries were received. Udaykumar’s claim that it represents tricolour in someway seem far fetched and not convincing.

  11. ra Says:

    However, in June, a meeting of the Union Cabinet, which was supposed to decide on the symbol, didn’t take up the issue because the finance minister said he needed more time. The search for a new symbol for the rupee had started in February 2009, when the Union Ministry of Finance kicked off a competition for the design of the symbol — although not without controversy.

    Non-resident Indians protested because they were not allowed to participate. Others grumbled at the US$10 entry fee. Some objected to the identifying photograph that had to accompany all entries because it intruded on participants’ privacy. And there were complaints when the five winning entries were shortlisted by a panel of experts. The government remained silent on these matters. There was uncertainty about the number of entries received, with estimates ranging from 3,500 to 25,000.
    2- RTI expose matter not discus by cabinet. See Last Question by media.
    video Smt. Ambika soni. Press Conference say..


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  13. jai ho Says:

    EXPLAIN symbol by Smt. Ambika soni, Cabinet Minster, Gov. of India..
    But Selected Final symbol by jury and Government Roman Mix (Western Culture)

    2- RTI (Rakesh Kumar singh) expose matter not discus by cabinet. See Last Question by media.

    3- Pl see video Smt. Ambika soni, Cabinet Minister, Press Conference say..

  14. chandan choubey Says:

    I really liked the design of Indian rupee…
    I am proud that one Indian made it
    & it is not pushed by england on us

  15. jai ho Says:

    Rupee symbol maker has DMK background
    The man who designed the award winning insignia for the rupees actually hails from a family attached to the DMK, a party actually known for its pro-Tamil tilt or anti-Hindi agitation in the 60s and 70s.
    Mr D Udaya kumar, presently working as assistant professor in IIT-Guwahati, and who came up with the design is the son of Mr N Dharmalingam, a former DMK MLA, who is a native of Marur in Villupuram district in North Tamil Nadu.
    The family presently stays in Thondiarpet in North Chennai where Udaya Kumar grew up. Kumar had earlier passed out of Chennai’s Anna University with a top rank in architecture and has always been known for his bent on art.
    The insignia he designed is a combination of Devanagiri script and Roman letter “R” combining both Rupee and rupiya as pronounced in present Hindi………………………..

  16. Rupee fan Says:

    i am hoping these brave RTI activists’ expose forces media to pull up the government to reverse the decision and do a proper evaluation. ET seems to be very silent on this matter. ET does not have guts.
    Many praises to RTI activists.
    Corruption is very clear.
    The symbol is also not imaginative. It does not say anything about India.
    All the five contestants are from influential background having contacts with ministry in some way.

  17. Anil K Says:

    Unfortunately India is not going to get a rupee symbol it really deserved. The symbol that has been accepted by the Government is not very appealing and seems very ordinary and in no way comes out as very outstanding.

    In fact, I too had sent entries for the contest, but at hindsight find them not up to the mark.
    The very contest was not very imaginatively conceived and got bogged down in constricted bureaucratic mediocrity. Hence, it failed to evoke much needed fierce and vigorous response from the talent across the country. The contest should not have been directed towards selecting one rigid symbol developed by one individual but towards evolving one with further modifications suggested to the finally short listed ones with maximum participation from the talented and the professionals all over India. The focus should not have been on somebody getting a prize, however, those constructively participated could have been adequately rewarded.

    Certain conditions set with respect to the technicalities of the design should have gone as guidelines only, leaving scope for flexibility and pre-final modifications if need be.

    Mysteriously, even the otherwise hyper active media virtually slept through this entire exercise of national significance, its critical faculties given a go.

    Now of course it is too late. Nevertheless, let me just produce a symbol just as an academic exercise (I could not upload the image – try this url):

  18. Anil K Says:

    p.s. to the above comment –
    Dear Moderator, Would you be able to publish the image on your blog from the url given above?

  19. Anil Says:


    DATED 20-08-2010 (ORAL)

    New Symbol of Rupee





    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?

  20. Anil kumar Says:

    RTI Activist Files PIL In High Court Against Indian Rupee Symbol Design Selection Process

    Lucknow : RTI activist Mr. Rakesh Kumar Singh has submitted a public interest litigation (PIL ) writ petition in the High Court, the first of its kind last week in Allahabad High Court against cabinet based on the July 15th decision on Indian rupee new symbol design…………


    2- Allabahad High court, Lucknow Bench, Lucknow

    Fresh List Sl. No. 5, Dated 16-09-10, Court No. 1

    5.MISB -9176/2010 RAKESH KUMAR SINGH
    [P.I.L.] CIVIL

    • rk singh Says:

      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.

  21. Anil Shrivastava Says:

    Selected symbol by Government is mix devnalgri and Roman script it is clear Violation of article 351 the constitution of india. 2nd violation-Guideline of indian rupee symbol compt. “The symbol has to be in the Indian National Language script or a visual representation.””

    The article 351 constitution of india.
    ” Directive for development of the Hindi language It shall be the duty of the Union to promote the spread of the Hindi language, to develop it so that it may serve as a medium of expression for all the elements of the composite culture of India and to secure its enrichment by assimilating without interfering with its genius, the forms, style and expressions used in Hindustani and in the other languages of India specified in the Eighth Schedule, and by drawing, wherever necessary or desirable, for its vocabulary, primarily on Sanskrit and secondarily on other languages PART XVIII EMERGENCY PROVISIONS”

    Total 22 Languages of India at prjent time.

    Why Cabinet approved and Why 7 jury member recmonded? Why silent languages exparts and Legal exparts???????????????????? Media?????? Oh I am sorry no TRP matter.

  22. Jha Says:

    All धन्यवाद, मुझे इस भारतीय रुपया घोटाले के बारे में समझाने के

  23. Vishal Says:

    If you give me a chance to make the new symbol of indian rupee then I can make scure that I have a great design for this n I will prove this.


  24. r kumar Says:

    Parliament Questions No. 805 for Writen ANSWERS (LOKSABHA)

    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?

    The PDF Link Loksabha website

    • kay shiv Says:

      What is new or special about such meaningless and sterile questions repeated so often, serving no purpose?

      • r kumar Says:

        यह बात सही है की जो बात संसद में उतनी चाहिए वह नहीं उठ रही. पूरी मीडिया इस मामले में डर गयी है.

        क्या मीडिया इन बिन्दुओ पर बहस करा सकती है.
        १- प्रतियोगिता के विगायपन के 3 साल पहले किसका २ symbol प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय को मिला और उस पर किसका शिफरिसी पत्र लगा था. ३ साल पहले symbol भेजने वाला टॉप फाइव में कैसे आ गया…..?
        २- जूरी द्वारा २९, ३० सितम्बर और १६ नवम्बर २००९ को कुल मिलाकर १७ घंटे का समय दिया. कुल स्य्म्बोल ३३३१ थे. एक स्य्म्बोल पर औसत १८ सेकेंड का टाइम जूरी द्वारा दिया गया. यही न्याय है?
        ३- प्रतियोगिता के शर्त के अनुसार symbol के स्क्रिप्ट. थीम. कांसेप्ट. ब्रीफ माँगा गया था. परन्तु वित्त मत्रालय ने जूरी को केवल symbol भेजा. स्क्रिप्ट. थीम. कांसेप्ट. ब्रीफ नहीं भेजा उसके बाद भे जूरी ने टॉप फाइव symbol सेलेक्ट कर लिए. और वेबसाइट पर टॉप फाइव के नाम ०८ दिसम्बर २००९ को प्रकाशित कर दिया. दिनांक १५-१२-२००९ को जूरी ने टॉप फाइव का प्रस्तुतिकरण संपन्न किया. प्रस्तुतिकरण के समय वित्त मत्रालय ने जूरी को टॉप फाइव के स्क्रिप्ट. थीम. कांसेप्ट. ब्रीफ दिया गया. क्या यही न्याय है?
        ४- सेवेन मेम्बर जूरी में से २९, ३० सितम्बर एक बैठक में ३ जूरी मेम्बर गायब थे. और तीनो ने वित्त मंत्र्यालय को इन्फोर्म नहीं किया के वे गायब है. क्या यही न्याय है?
        ५- १६ नवम्बर २००९ के बैठक में संस्कृति मंत्रालय के मेम्बर गायब थे. इन मेम्बर ने जूरी के Chairman श्रीमती उषा थोराट, डिप्टी गवर्नर, रिजर्व बैंक ऑफ़ इंडिया को इन्फोर्म किया . पर श्रीमती उषा थोराट, डिप्टी गवर्नर, रिजर्व बैंक ऑफ़ इंडिया ने वित्त मंत्रालय को इसकी कोई सूचना नहीं दे और न ही उनकी जगह दुसरे मेम्बर के मांग की गयी. क्या यही न्याय है?
        ६- जूरी ने केवल टॉप फाइव को अंक दिया. बाकी प्रतिभागियों को कोई नंबर नहीं दिया गया. क्या यही न्याय है?
        ७- प्रतियोगिता का विगापन केवल english में किया गया, जो की rajbhaha Act का उलंघन है.
        8- seleted स्य्म्बोल में hindi और roman का प्रयोग किया गया है जो के भारतीय संभिधान के आर्टिकल ३५१ का उलंघन है.
        ९- शर्त के अनुसार एक प्रतिभागी अधिकतम २ एंट्री भेज सकता था. किन्तु विजेता ने ४ एंट्री भेजी किन्तु वित्त मंत्र्यल्या और जूरी ने नियम नहीं माना. क्या यही न्याय है?
        १०- देश के विभिन्न लोगो ने इसकी शिकायत भारत सरकार से की किन्तु सभी सिकायतो को दबा दिया गया. मीडिया में दम है उन शिकयोतो को सार्वजानिक करवाने का. खाशकर इलेक्ट्रोनिक मीडिया से.
        ११- Top five and कुल ३३३१ स्य्म्बोल को स्क्रिप्ट सहित वित्त मंत्र्यल्या क्यों सार्वजानिक नहीं कर रहा है. मीडिया इस बारे में मौन क्यों है ?
        १२- टॉप फाइव के पांचो स्य्म्बोल का स्क्रिप्ट सहित वित्त मत्रालय अपनी वेबसाइट पर क्यों नहीं प्रकाशित कर रहा है. और उस स्य्म्बोल को bhee जो प्रधानमंत्री office को मिला था (शिफरिसी पत्र सहित)
        13- स्य्म्बोल सेलेक्ट करने के samband में 24 julay 2010 को cabinet की बैठक क्यों Deferd ?
        14- श्रीमती अम्बिका सोनी जी की प्रेस कांफ्रेंस दिनांक 15 julay 2010 को मीडिया ने जब चयन प्रक्रिया में हुई अनियमितता के बारे में पूछा तो क्या reply दिया गया. उसका निहितार्थ क्या था. मीडिया उस चीज को सामने क्यों नहीं ला पाई. किसका दबाव पड़ा? जो की सब कुछ जानते हुए भी मीडिया अचानक चुप हो गई?
        १५- प्रितोगिता से मीडिया को दूर क्यों रखा गया?
        १६- टॉप फाइव के पांचो प्रतिभागियों के प्र्स्तुतीकर्ण के विडिओ ग्राफी क्यों नहीं कराई गयी?
        पूरे भारतीय मीडिया के कर्णधारो और सूर्माओ की सारे बिन्दुओ का पता लगाकर देश को वास्तविक स्थिति से अवगत कराये Plese Plese Plese.

  25. anil Says:

    ANSWERED ON-17.08.2010

    (a) whether Government has approved the symbol for the Indian Rupee;

    (b) if so, the details of the jury members authorized for selection of the symbol;

    (c) the details of the criteria fixed for selection of symbol; and

    (d)the details of the steps taken by Government to include the symbol in the Indian Script Code for Information Interchange?


    (a) & (b): Yes, Sir. The details of Jury members are as follows:

    (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.

    (Hi) 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 Design Services and Industry Programmes & Projects, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

    (vl)Profiessor Hemant Nagdive, Director, JJ School of Arts, Mumbai.
    (vii)Shri Bazil Shaikh, Chief General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai.

    (c): Following criteria were fixed for selection of symbol:

    (i) The symbol should represent the historical &-cultural ethos of the country as widely accepted across the country.

    (ii) The symbol should be applicable to standard keyboard.

    (Ill) The symbol has to be in the Indian National Language Script or a visual representation.

    (d): The Process to include the symbol in the Indian Script Code for Information Interchange has been initiated by the Bureau of Indian Standards.


  26. anil Says:

    Why media is not even saying single word about this mess.

    Delhi HC Allows RTI Activist To File PIL Against “Rupee Symbol Selection Process”

    Mr. Rakesh Kumar Singh had submitted a LPA petition in the Delhi High Court challenging Delhi HC earlier judgment in which court had refused to entertain his petition challenging selection process of New Indian Rupee Symbol.

    After hearing the LPA, Hon’ble Chief Justice and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sanjiv Khanna of Delhi High Court in their judgment said “We learned senior counsel appearing for the appellant submitted that he may be permitted to withdraw the appeal as he really does not have the grievance solely because the symbol has not been accepted but he intends to challenge the procedural aspects which are adopted by the Union of India at various levels relating to such kind of works which affect various provisions of the Official Languages Act and many other provisions of various statutes as well as Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

    If we understand the submission of Mr. Sawhney in a proper perspective, he wants to file a petition in the larger public interest.

    In view of the aforesaid, we are inclined to permit the withdrawal of the appeal with liberty to file a Public Interest Litigation with the appropriate pleadings and data which are necessary to sustain a Public Interest Litigation.”

    LPA 310/2011

    News Source

  27. Shiv kumar Says:

    Indian express news.(25-04-12)
    HC seeks MHA reply on selection of logos
    The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on a petition which said there are no uniform guidelines for public competitions to select symbols and logos of entities of national importance.
    Petitioner Rakesh Kumar Singh, who had earlier challenged the selection of the Rupee symbol, approached the Bench again in the wake of the court’s suggestion that he should file a PIL instead to raise general concern over lack of guidelines…….

  28. tony koyu Says:

    dear all Indian brothren!
    Mr Udhaya deserves lot of appreciation and applaud. congrats! but from my individual point of view, the symbol of Indian rupee is an amalgamation of two letters of Devnagri “Ra” and Tanilipi “Sa”. you know for rupees we used to write Rs. So Devnagari “Ra” plus Tanilipi “Sa” is equal to Rs. or rupees. So consciously or unconsciously, this symbol is amalgamation of Tanilipi “Sa” and Devnagri “Ra” and tanilipi script has been in the net since last 11 years.
    regards to all.
    Inventor of tanilipi
    from arunachal Pradesh.

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