How will you type the new Rupee symbol?

Now that the Union Cabinet has approved the new symbol for the Indian Rupee designed by Indian Institute of Technology postgraduate D Udaya Kumar, the question in everyone’s mind is how and when do we get to type the new symbol?

This isn’t going to happen overnight. Ambika Soni, in the press conference held to announce the new symbol, said it might take up to a year for the new Rupee symbol to be used throughout India and about two years for international acceptance.

For widespread usage, the new symbol has to be accepted by the Unicode Consortium’s Unicode Technical Committee that is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Unicode Standard, including the Unicode Character Database.

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10 Comments

  1. Sachin
    Sachin
    July 15, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Finally a symbol for INR currency. It was long due. Looks great to me. It has half alphabet “R” and Devnagri Ra as well. The upper part looks like opposite of Euros.

  2. Milind
    Milind
    July 15, 2010 at 7:51 AM

  3. rooney
    rooney
    July 15, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    thnks guys didnt knew abt it.. but i found it strange at first look but will get used to it..

    and nice hindi r is used and also english R (semi)it feels..

  4. Chulbul Pandey
    Chulbul Pandey
    July 15, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Courtesy: Krisashok

  5. Sachin
    Sachin
    July 15, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    ROFL !!!! Pandeyji, you are too good man.

    “Colonial Hangover, yet again!” LOL.

  6. Gorilla
    Gorilla
    July 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    A historic moment for India.

    D Udaya Kumar: The man who design the rupee symbol

    “I want to continue work on Tamil typography. I find our symbols have a very heavy western influence. I will do more work on Indian scripts,” he told ET. For the design, he took inspiration from the symbols of such currencies as Korea’s won, UK’s pound sterling, euro, lira, peso and others. “Thus it has a harmonious identity as far as international currency symbols are concerned and at the same time it has the Indian uniqueness,” he said about his winning design. Among the international currencies, he likes the Yen symbol as it best reflects the country. The 31-year-old bachelor worked as a senior designer for two years with speciality magazine publisher Infomedia.

    Kumar’s entry was chosen from 3,000 designs competing for the currency symbol. He will get an award of Rs 2.5 lakh.

    “It is a perfect blend of Indian and Roman letters — capital ‘R’ and Devanagri ‘Ra’ which represents rupaiah, to appeal to international and Indian audiences… My design is based on the tricolour, with two lines at the top and white space in between,” a visibly-happy Kumar said.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/biz/india-business/Indian-rupee-gets-a-symbol-joins-elite-currency-club/articleshow/6171234.cms

  7. Chulbul Pandey
    Chulbul Pandey
    July 15, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    “I want to continue work on Tamil typography. I find our symbols have a very heavy western influence.”

    The Tamil chauvinists sent in a curvy, stylized Tamil “Ru” symbol, commonly used to represent Rupee in TN, but it was rejected for looking like an offensive finger gesture

    http://krishashok.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/rupee-only-is-the-god/

  8. jeevcy
    jeevcy
    July 15, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    lol@bulbul pandey

    interested to know how Shah Rukh’s name will be written in Tamil with the offensive sign in the middle?

  9. Sachin
    Sachin
    July 15, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Lol … one more gem from Chulbulji.

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