Early Sayas and Students

For archive (Updated on January 24, 2019)

U Ba Hli

Sayagyi is the father of Saya Dr. Freddie Ba Hli (GBNF) and grandfather of Daw Tin Tin Hlaing (UCC), U Tha Hlaing (EC83) and Ko Min Thet Tun (GBNF). He was the first Burmese native to serve as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He is credited for proposing the “Twinning” of Rangoon University with prestigious universities in the US.

Saya Dr. Freddie Ba Hli wrote about his father in the commemorative issue of “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” for the First RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP. Sayagyi U Aung Khin wrote the introduction.

U Tha Tun

Saya U Tha Tun served as Acting Head of Architecture at BIT/RIT.

He was described by Saya Dr. Koung Nyunt in his article, “Two famous songs from RIT Architecture”. U Than Tun was the co-author.

Early students

Architecture courses were first offered at the Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University in 1954.

The first batch including Saya U Myo Myint Sein graduated in 1958.

The second batch including Saya Dr. Lwin Aung and U Bo Gyi in 1959. Both entered monkhood after retirement.

The third batch which graduated in 1960 included

  • U Khin Maung Yin (Modern art proponent, film director, GBNF)
  • U Aung Kyee Myint (Retired head of architecture at PWD)
  • U Tin Htoon (A 60, RUBC Captain/Gold, ARAE Champion, SEAP medallist in yachting, co-founder, Triple Gem Publications)
  • U Victor Pe Win (Retired in Texas)
  • U Koon Yin Chu (First in Burma in 54 Matriculation, gold medalist in Final Year Architecture) …

Miss S. Begum was the earliest known female engineering/architecture student, but she left for India before graduation. Her classmates are from the third batch.

Group Picture

In one of my updates, I posted the Group Picture of Architecture Students (who were then in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th/Final years of the old system). In the new Education system, they would be from the 4th to 6th B.Arch.

The old picture without captions was first sent by U Victor Pe Win to U Tin Htoon, who asked his dhamma friend Ko “Henry” Htaik San ( RUBC Gold, Secretary of Southern California Burmese Associations, photographer, videographer, …) to touch up the picture.

Per U Tin Htoon’s request, U Victor Pe Win annotated the “touched-up” photo as follows:

First Row L to R:-
U Kin Mg Tint, U Tha Tun, Mr. H. A. Eswara, Mr. R. K. H. Johnson (Head of Arch. Dept.), U Ba Hli (Dean of Faculty of Engineering), Mr. O. Nagler, U Aung Myint, Miss S. Begum (2nd Yr)

Second Row:-
Myint San (Final), Htun Lwin (3rd), Kyaw Zaw (Final), Bo Gyi (3rd), Tin Tun Kin (Final), T. T. Kiat (2nd), Mg Mg Gyi (Final), Mg Mg Ohn (2rd), Myint Tun (3rd)

Third Row:
Jack Min (3rd), Htay Ngwe (Final), Pe Win (2nd), V. Leong (3rd), Tham.T.Yu (2nd), K.Y.Chu (2nd), H.Hla Myint (2nd), Aung Kyee Myint (2nd), S.Hsiang Wu (2nd)

Fourth Row:-
Myo Myint Sein (Final), Tin Mg Yin (Final), Aung Thin (Final), Myint Thein (Final), Tin Htoon (2nd ), Tun Than (Final), Kin Mg Yin (2nd) Hla Kyi (2nd)

Lwin Aung (3rd.)

Editor’s Notes:

If someone has a copy of the photo, please share it with me. Since many photos in my album do not have recognizable names, it takes some time to find them. Right now, I am in the process of updating the contents.


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