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RIT Alumni International Newsletter May 1999

For archive (Updated on February 23, 2019)

BOC College of Engineering

  • In the beginning, there was no RIT and of course no BEs.
  • There was only the BOC College of Engineering, Rangoon University.
  • Saya U Ba Hli was the Dean of Engineering.
  • The degree conferred was B.Sc. (Engg).
  • Saya Allen Htay remembers that the Dean wanted every engineering student to attend at least one common course with his/her senior batch. Thus, by the time one graduates, everyone will be familiar with three batches: one’s own, one senior, and one junior.

Burma Institute of Technology

  • For a brief period (1961 – 64), there was BIT.
  • In anticipation for the opening of more engineering institutes the name was changed to Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT).
  • Feedback by Saya Dr. Aung Soe: In the summer of 1961 BIT/RIT was born. It was also the time that I started my teaching career.

Changes and Extensions

  • RIT became Yangon Institute of Technology (YIT).
  • Then Mandalay Institute of Technology (MIT) was opened.
  • DSA opened an engineering branch with several equipment that belonged to RIT.
  • YIT became Yangon Technological University (YTU)

First ever 2nd BE in 1964

It’s been a long time since I had to sit at the last row according to the seating plan of the “Surveying” course taught by Saya U Min Wun. Saya was strict in enforcing the 75% attendance. He also chose to place the students with low Roll Numbers in the back row, and those with the highest Roll Numbers in the front row. I noticed that I could no longer read the blackboard and became “Lay Lone (four eyes)”.

Some students will say “Min win yin Nga Htwet”.

The field work for Surveying was supervised by Saya U Aung Soe.

In 1989

Some 69ers organized the 30th Anniversary of Graduation in a Sar Thout Saing in Rangoon. The news and photos were e-mailed to me by U Tint Lwin (Daniel, M69) and Daw Saw Yu Tint (Alice, T69, Sayagadaw).

I started compiling a list of RIT alumni and ex-faculty after I received emails from Saya U Soe Paing (my mentor at RIT and UCC. He e-mailed from UK after his four month visit to Burma.

I received encouraging words. Better still, a lot of people including

  • Saya K C Chiu (Dr. Tin Aung, ChE63) : younger brother of Dr. Aung Soe
  • Saya U Myat Htoo (C68)
  • U Aung Khin (EP68)
  • U Tint Lwin (Daniel, M69) : Singapore
  • Daw Saw Yu Tint (Alice, T69)
  • Daw Lei Lei Myaing (Amy, T70)
  • Daw Than Than Yi (T71)
  • Saya U Thein Aung (James, Met72) : Mr. RIT in 1968
  • U San Lin (Robert, EC73)
  • U Hla Myint Thein (Maurice Chee, M75)
  • U Khin Maung Zaw (EC76) : KMZ
  • U Hla Kyi (EC77) : Singapore
  • U San Myint Thane (Sammy, EC79)
  • U Aung Win Myint (Kevin, EC80)
  • U Aung Myint Oo (EC84)
  • U Yu Ket (Edward Saw, EC85)
  • U Nyunt Than (M86)

contributed to the list. They have also become the defacto class reps.

News Groups

  • On most Internet news groups, there are 20 – 100 readers for every writer.
  • In our case, we have more contributors and active readers who provide useful feedback.
  • The list has grown to 250+, and still growing.
  • Feedback: The list has grown, within a day, to 280+.
  • I gained (or re-gained) contact with my Sayas (including Saya U Min Wun and Saya U Aung Soe), classmates, and schoolmates.
  • I learned that there have been semi-reunions and reunions in California, Singapore, Sydney, and Rangoon/Yangon.

Newsletter

  • I hope this newsletter will serve as a starting point for a “Virtual (world-wide) reunion” and also bring back fond memories.
  • Saya U Soe Paing, U Tint Lwin (Danny), and Saya U Myat Htoo have promised to write in the forthcoming newsletters.

Notes by Sayas and Alumni

From UK, Saya U Soe Paing (EC) wrote :

  • During our recent visit to Burma, I saw Ko Tin Htut in Rangoon.
  • He told us that Dr Aung Gyi would be visiting Burma.
  • We managed to contact Dr Aung Gyi and we had a small get together at our house.
  • The following came : Dr Aung Gyi and Ma Emma, Dr Khin Maung Win (Metallurgy) and Margaret, Ko Kyin Soe & Chit Chit, Ko Sein Win (Electrical Power), Soe Min (my classmate and ex Instructor in RIT) and Dr. Than Htaike (Chemical Engineering). Han Tin (Rector of the Institute of Education) was also there.
  • Played golf with Ko Maung Maung Than. He is now the advisor at the DSA Engineering college in Maymyo. They have appointed retired RIT sayas. S. Arya is one of them and I met him in town.
  • Also saw Ko Thein Lwin in Rangoon and Ko Tu Myint & Myitzu in Singapore.

From Singapore, Saya U Tu Myint (Mech) wrote :

  • Thanks for the info. Nice to talk about the good old days.
  • I think its a good idea to keep Old RIT Colleagues informed, especially when we are getting old.
  • Awaiting for more news.
  • Perhaps scan in some photos.

From Los Angeles (California), Saya U Min Wun (Civil) wrote :

  • Ko Hla Min, what a surprise to get in touch with you again after such a long time.
  • Sorry for this late response.
  • My PC was disconnected from the Network after Y2K Remediation.
  • Anyhow, my name has already been included in the Ex-RIT listing.
  • Thanks for the long list. Please keep in touch.

From Chicago (Illinois), Saya U Aung Soe (Civil) wrote :

  • Ko Hla Min: Thanks for the list. U Chin Way from LA passed away a few years ago.
  • Aung Myint Thwin, one of my students, is in Singapore.
  • I was told Aye Win Kyaw, ex civil staff, is also in Singapore.
  • Thanks for the photo [of the RIT Sayas; photo credit: Saw Yu Tint (Alice)].
  • With certainty I can name the followings: U Ba Than, U Sein Win, U San Tint and
  • U Tin Maung

Saya U Soe Paing (EC) added :

Here are the names of the RIT Sayas in the picture:

Front row L to R:

Ko Kyaw Thein(Civil) {picture not really clear}, Ko Shwe Yi (Tex), Ko Myo Kyi (E), Ko Sann Tint (E), Ko Sein Win (E), U Ba Than (Mech), U Sein Shan (Math), Ko Khin Maung (Mech), Ko Kyin Soe (Auto/Mech), Ko Ba Myint (E).

Back row L to R:

Christopher Maung (Civil), S. Arya (Mech), U Kyaw (Arch), Ko Phone Myint (Workshop), Ko Soe Minn (E), Ko Tin Maung (Civil), Ko S. Kyaw Aye (Mech), Ko Han Tun (Mech), Ko Kyaw Sein I (Mech), Ko Kyi (Mech), Ko Soe Lwin (Mech), Ko Tin Win(Civil), Ko Kyaw Win (Mining or Petroleum).

From Danville (California), U Myat Htoo (Civil 68) wrote :

  • I would like to make a proposition that I hope you will agree.
  • Why don’t we organize an “Old RIT Colleagues/Graduates” get-together sometime in this Summer? Saya Allen Htay and myself were talking about it a couple of weeks ago. Actually, we have done a similar gathering of Civil Engineers in San Francisco about twelve years ago while Dr. Aung Gyi and Mama Emma were visiting us.
  • I think it’s about time to have a gathering for RIT graduates of all principles. My suggestion is to do it in San Francisco since I think it has a biggest concentration of RIT graduates. We could ask U Nyo Win and Maurice Chee for their help. This is just my thought.

From Japan, Dr. Myo Khin (C70) wrote :

  • You have done a great job for the RIT old boys and teachers.
  • I’ve been in Japan for ten years already and doing the same job as teaching at the University.
  • This coming October 1999, I will be attending the ACI fall convention in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Please say hello to all our friends and Sayas in the states.

From Singapore, U Tint Lwin (Danny) (Mech 69) wrote :

  • We had a great 30th re-union of our 1969 RIT Graduates in Rangoon, Burma on Feb. 20, 1999.
  • About 120 of the graduates and about 30 lecturers attended. We really had a great time.
  • The organizers told us that starting from year 2000, our 1969 graduates would have a re-union dinner every last Saturday in December every year.
  • That’s a good idea and we can pass the word around and we could try to plan our holidays accordingly.

From UK, Saw Yu Tint (Alice) (Tex 69) wrote :

  • There was a saya ga daw pwe (paying respects to the teachers) by the 1969 RIT graduates.
  • We have pictures of the sayas and of course the RIT graduates.

From Benicia (California), U Thein Aung (Met72) wrote :

  • I am so glad to read the message about our old teachers get together party in Burma.
  • KC Chiu (ex-faculty, Chem), brother of Dr Aung Soe (Civil), had Dr Aung Gyi’s welcome party back in 1986 in Bay area and Saya U Aung Khin party last year.
  • He is a founding member of BEA (Burmese Engineers Association) and also a Past President.
  • He is preparing a list to send it to you.

From Vallejo (California), KC Chiu (ChE63) wrote :

Ko Hla Min: I am impressed by the list you have assembled.

I would like to suggest the followings:

  • delete the name of the deceased alumni
  • delete the Type column and use an * to identify ex-faculty
  • list the official name and put the name used in RIT as alias
  • except for some sayas, confirm the year of graduation from RIT (include BOC college, BIT, etc.)

Attached is a list of RIT alumni in the US that come to my mind. Naturally, it will have some repeat in your list.

We used to have a old list of RIT alumni in the bay area. I will try to find it. Thanks.

From UK, Ko Nyunt Aung (Civil 73) wrote :

Dear U Hla Min,

Thank you for sending me the list. It will be more helpful if you can provide us with more detail (ie. full address, telephone nos & email address) so we can contact to those we knew. I do not know about the rest, but I am willing to include my details which are as follows.

U Nyunt Aung & Daw Myat Sanda Bo (Civil ’73)
11 Shire Place, Swaffield Road, Earlsfield
London SW18 3BP
Tel: 0181 488 8275 (Res)
0181 231 1144 (Off)
Email: nyuntaung@compuserve.com

From Daly City (California), Gordon Kaung (Kaung Kaung Oo M83) wrote :

I heard that you are compiling the e-mail info. of former RIT colleagues. It is very good idea and a clever way to keep in-touch one another. We can also discuss via e-mail to do good for our former school RIT including donating technical books and so on. Here is my e-mail: gkaung@hotmail.com

Please feel free to use it. Thanks.

From Potomac (Maryland), Lei Lei Myaing (T70) wrote :

  • Special thanks to Ko Johnny for the compiling all information.
  • I had the opportunity to take Sayas U Khin Maung Win and U Maung Maung Than sightseeing in Washington, D.C. when they visited the U.S. a few years ago.
  • I also met Saya U Min Wun at a friend’s place in Virginia. Saya looked the same as before!
  • I enjoyed seeing the former RIT list growing and getting to see the Sayas’ picture that Alice and Saya U Soe Paing sent.
  • I am fortunate to see my former Textile and Chemical engineer friends whenever I visit Rangoon; the last gathering was at the Bon-Kyaung restaurant in Kokine.
  • I also happened to bump into Alice at the Mingaladon airport!

Gone but not forgotten

Faculty

  • U Sein Hlaing (Professor, Electrical)
  • U Chin Way (Electrical)

Alumni

  • Ko Kyaw Oo (M67)
  • Duga Raj (C68)

Editor’s Notes (in 2019) :

  • Several of the information in the early Newsletter are out of date.
  • Some (e.g. Saya U Maung Maung Than, Saya U Khin Maung Win, Saya U Soe Min, Saya U Aye Win Kyaw, Daw Than Than Yi) are GBNF.
  • Some (e.g. Ko Aung Myint Thwin) have relocated.
  • Some (e.g. Saya U Soe Paing) spend the year in two or more countries.
  • Due to privacy issues, the later Newsletter do not publish private and confidential information.
  • I will have served as Chief Editor of RIT Alumni International Newsletter for two decades in April 2019. Thanks to the sayas and alumni that have contributed to the Newsletter. Hope the Newsletter will be part of the informal history of our beloved alma mater, our mentors and our colleagues.
  • I still have a reasonably good memory. I will write and revise posts in hlamin.com as time and energy permits. The posts cover different topics for a wider general audience. They cover RIT, UCC, SPHS and more.
  • The Class of 69 will be celebrating the True Golden Jubilee of Graduation at the end of 2019. I will be in Yangon.

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