Trivia (1399) : Memories — UCC Departments in the early days
By Hla Min (Life Long Learner)
Departments At UCC In The Early Days
The early Departments and sub-departments at UCC include the following :
(a) Office Of The Director
The Office is used to hold meetings with Board of Directors & Advisers. It also provided service for the Experts including Dr. S. I. Saleeb (Project Director) and Professor Harry D. Huskey (GBNF)
U Myint Aung (GBNF) was the Superintendent. He was healthy and passed away lately in his eighties. He was succeed by U San Win. He unfortunately suffered a stroke. There were several UDC (Upper Division Clerk) and LDC (Lower Division Clerk). Ko Ba Than Chein, Ko Than Aye, Ko Tun Myint, and Ko Khin Maung Lwin. There were several Peons. The four Sayagyis had a Peon each as their PA (Personal Assistant).
There were three Secretaries (for preparing reports and teaching materials). KLM (Daw Khin Lay Myint, GBNF), Bo Waing (U Win Myint), and KKS (Daw Khin Khin Su). All later made career changes. KLM later became an Admin Officer. Bo Waing became a Programmer and later worked (taught, translated …) at Winner Computer Group. KKS moved to Total (Oil Company owned by the French).
There were several Security Personnel (for the day, evening and night shifts). U Tun Kywe, an army Veteran, usually “guards” the entrance to the Computer Room (on the Ground Floor of the UCC Building). He also vets the visitors climbing up the stairs to meet the staff.
There were several Maintenance Personnel. They include Daw Ngwe Tin, Maung Myint, Aye Aye Myint, Hla .Hla Myint, and U Hla Pe.
There were a couple of Drivers. Sad to note that Saya Chit’s driver (who moonlighted as a Side Car Operator) was hit by a train at a railroad crossing. There were “volunteer” drivers including U Myint Aung, Ko Win Hlaing, and Ko Soe Myint Gyi.
(c) Systems Division
Saya Paing, as Systems Division Manager, managed Engineers headed by Saya TAG, Maintenance technicians headed by AM (U Aung Myint), System Programmers headed by Saya Zaw, and System Librarian.
I was a Hardware Engineer before becoming Senior Systems Programmer, Business Applications Manager (all at UCC), Lecturer at DCS (Department of Computer Science) and
Associate Professor of Software Technology at ICST (Institute of Computer Science and Technology).
Also included in Systems Division were Saya U Mg Mg Htay, U
Than Lwin, Rafi (Rafiul Ahad), U Tin Win, U Soe Win, KSM (Ko Soe Myint), KZ (Ko Khin Zaw), KMZ (Ko Khin Mg Zaw), Silver (Ko Ngwe Soe), Ko Mg Mg Tun, Ko Win Mg, Tin Tin Pyone.
Later Eng U Tin Win and Tin Tin Pyone moved to FRI (Forestry Reserve Inventory). Saya Zaw and U Than Lwin transferred to CSO (Central Statistical Organization). U Soe Win transferred to PTC. KMZ moved to Singapore and then to the US. Rafi moved to Thailand and then to the US. Silver moved to Singapore. Saya TAG, U Mg Mg Htay and Ko Mg Mg Tun moved to the US. Ko Win Mg moved to Australia. Not sure about Byte (U Myint Soe, Technician).
(d) Applications Division
Saya Myo, as Applications Division Manager, managed Application Programmers & Analysts for business applications, scientific & engineering applications. Later, the Applications Division was restructured in Business Applications Division (with Saya Myo as Manager) and Scientific Applications Division (with Saya Lay as Manager).
Note : Saya Paing subsequently managed both Systems Division and Operations Division.
Bo Shoke (U Mya Thein, GBNF) was the most vocal among the application programmers. Application Programmers include Ah Thay Lay (U Thein Oo), Mra (U Mra Tun), Kyein (U Kyaw Nyein, GBNF), Htaw Kyin (U Htin Kyaw), Saya Maung (U Tun Shwe), Japan Sayagyi (U Aung Hlaing), Joe Than (Dr. Soe Than), U Myint Oo, U Win Naing (GBNF), Ju Ju (Daw Tin May Lwin), Daw Thin Thin Aung, Judy (Daw Nwe Nwe Win), Ma Nge (Daw Nge Ma Ma Than, GBNF), Daw Than Than Tint, Daw Gilmour Hole, Boe (U Boe Ba Shan), Daw Hpyu Hpyu Aung, Gary (U Sein Myint Maung), and Ma Mu (Daw Khin Aye Mu).
(e) Operations Division
Saya Lay originally managed the Operations Division. After the restructuring, Saya Lay managed the Scientific Applications Division.The Operations Division was handed over to Saya Paing. Pauk Si (U Hla Min, GBNF) was CO (Chief Operator). There were several Operators. They include MMG (U Mg Mg Gyi), Ah Ba (U Maung Maung Lay), Ah Leong (U Kyaw Swar), Dobat Sayagyi (U Win Hlaing), Sunlun Kappiya (U Soe Myint, M72, GBNF), U Myint Swe, U Hla Aung, U Kyi Win, U Tun Kyi, U Tin Win, U Than Tun, and Charlie (U Myint Lwin, Burma Judo Champion).
Several later made career changes as Programmers and Teaching Staff. U Soe Myint retired as Pro-Rector.
In the early days, CO, MMG, Ah Leong, Dobat Sayagyi, Sunlun Kappiya … served as Shift Leaders. There were three Shifts. The Morning Shift was run for staff, students and general users. The Evening and Night Shifts were run for selected user departments. The Population Census Data Project had a high priority.
There were several operators for card punch, manual punches, punched card verifier, and sorter.
Some did double duty as Job Controllers. They include Daw Nyunt Nyunt Tin, Daw Thi Thi Aye, Daw Hla Hla Win (GBNF), Daw Win May Thaung (GBNF), Daw Kyu Kyu Lwin (GBNF), and Busibaung (Daw Khin Si Thaung). Several later changed their careers or went overseas.
There was also a Librarian in charge of the Magnetic Disks and Magnetic Tapes.
Kudos to the many unsung heroes who volunteered for gratis or for a per Diem of Three Kyats and Fifteen Pyas. They worked for various divisions. Without them, the introduction of Computer Technology to Burma would not have been smooth and successful.
U Aung Myint wrote :
Technician Ko Myint Soe( Bite) move to PTC.