The Indian rupee sign is the currency sign used for the Indian rupee, the official currency of India. It is relatively new, the design having been presented to the public by the Government of India on 15 July 2010, following its selection through an open competition among Indian residents. Before its adoption, the most commonly used symbols for the rupee were Rs, Re or, if the text was in an Indian language, an appropriate abbreviation in that language. The new sign relates to only the Indian currency; other countries that use a rupee, such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal, still use the generic U+20A8 ₨ rupee sign character.
On 5 March 2009, the Indian government announced a contest to create a sign for the Indian rupee. During the 2010 Union Budget, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee mentioned that the proposed sign would reflect and capture the Indian ethos and culture. Five signs created by Nondita Correa-Mehrotra, Hitesh Padmashali, Shibin KK, Shahrukh J Irani, and D Udaya Kumar had been short-listed from around 3,331 responses received and one of them was to be finalized at the Union Council of Ministers of India meeting held on 24 June 2010 .The decision was deferred by a request of the Finance Minister, and it was decided when they met again on 15 July 2010, and selected the symbol created by D Udaya Kumar, son of N. Dharmalingam, a former DMK MLA.
The symbol of Indian Rupee doesn’t have a Unicode character and it can take from a few days to a year for the new symbol to get 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.
Until then, you can use the Indian Rupee font designed by Foradian Technologies using (`) key of the keyboard.
How to install Rupee font?
1. Download the Rupee.tff file
2. Copy the file to C:\Windows\Fonts directory.(for Windows XP users)
2. Right-click the file and choose “Install”. (for Windows 7/Vista users)
NOTE: As all the computers all not having this font installed, It is advised not to use this font in your documents such as MS-Word and other applications. Because, when you open such a document on another computer the viewer will not be able to see the symbol as the font is not installed on his computer. The Rupee font is strictly for designing purposes.