Indian Rupee Symbol Decided, Designed by IIT Student

Last month the Union Cabinet had sat down to choose a symbol for the Indian Rupee out of 5 shortlisted candidates. The decision was expected soon, but it has take well over 2 weeks  to finally choose the Indian Rupee Symbol.


The Indian Rupee Symbol was supposed to be chosen from one of the 5 shortlisted candidates in the picture above. However, according to reports from Indian Express IIT Post Graduate student D Udaya Kumar’s symbol was recommended by the cabinet as the Indian Rupee symbol.


The symbol created by Kumar is an amalgam of the Devanagari Ra’ and the Roman capital R’ without the stem, which is what the Finance minister was looking for. What I found funny though is that the selected Indian Rupee Symbol does not even seem to be in the shortlisted candidates. So where did this new symbol come from?

Was it added later on, or did the Union cabinet look at discuss more than 5 candidates for the Indian Rupee Symbol? This is a mystery I am trying to solve currently. If you have an answer, feel free to let me know about it.

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