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1963 – 2019

Updated on April 17, 2019

Four, five or six years at Engineering school

  • We were probably the only group to study five years at RIT.
  • Those senior to us attended the Engineering classes for four years after finishing their I.Sc.(B) examination. In the old system, the classes are known as 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year (final) Engineering.
  • We matriculated in 1963 and studied I.Sc.(A) at Leik Khone. According to the then new Education system, we attended 2nd BE in 1964. Most of us graduated in 1969.
  • Those junior to us by a few years were admitted to 1st. BE. They did not have to attend I.Sc.
  • Some students had to attend Regional College for two years before joining 3rd BE.
  • Some took sabbatical (e.g. to get married). They are known as “Kyaung Pyaw”.

20 years as a Volunteer


I spent 20 years from 1999 to 2019 as a volunteer to pay back to my alma mater and my mentors.

Thanks to my family members for their support of the noble cause.

Some Photos and Awards

1963

I matriculated from SPHS (St. Paul’s High School). Ten of our classmates placed in the Top Twenty and were awarded Collegiate Scholarships.

Khin Maung U (1st), Min Oo (2nd), Myo San (Freddie Ba San, 3rd, GBNF), Nyunt Wai (Victor Nyunt, 4th), Thein Wai (5th), Hla Min (7th), Aung Kyaw Zaw (Johnny Mg Mg, 9th), Maung Maung Kyi (11th), Aung Thu Yein (Brownie Way, 13th, GBNF), Khin Maung Zaw (Frank Gale, 17th).

We received K75 per month, but had to pay K15 for the tuition. The net amount was K60.

SPHS gave us awards in a ceremony presided by a visiting Brother Director or Father Superior.

Award from SPHS

The Old Paulians’ Association (OPA) invited us to the Annual Dinner.

OPA Invitation


1964 – 1969

  • 300+ students who had passed I.Sc.(A) from the various Intermediate Colleges (including Leik Khone) were admitted to the first ever 2nd BE.
  • I was selected RIT Luyechun in 2nd BE to attend the Inlay Khaung Daing Camp in the summer of 1965.
  • About 80 students who had passed 2nd BE chose to study EE.
  • After passing the 4th BE, the EE students had to decide whether to pursue EP (Electrical Power) or EC (Electrical Communications).
  • In those days, EP jobs were easier to find than EC jobs. The quota was set at 3:1 for EP vs. EC.
  • In 1969, 30+ students graduated with EP, and 11 students graduated with EC.
  • The passing rate was not high.
  • I served as Class Representative, Joint Secretary and Secretary of the RIT EE Association. I was also a member of the Magazine Committee for “Hlyat Sit Sar Saung” published by the RIT EE Association. Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War) was the Chief Editor. Dr. San Oo (EP67), U Myo Myint (EC68) and Daw Than Yi (EP70) were the Associate Editors.
  • I joined RUBC (Rangoon University Boat Club) and was awarded Full Green. I was the last Treasurer to be elected at the AGM (Annual General Meeting). When Ko Htain Linn (Secretary) resigned the following year, I became Vice Captain. Unfortunately, the higher authorities disregarded the tradition of promotion. I did not become Captain. In 2013, I volunteered as a Contributing Editor for the 90th Anniversary Issue of RUBC. I wrote Preludes for each section. I also wrote three articles.
  • I started free lance writing (article, poem, translation …). I wrote for “Set Hmu Thadin Zin”, “Hlyat Sit Sar Saung” and the Newletter Bulletin published by RIT English Association. In July 1969, my poem “Men on the Moon” was published in the Guardian Daily newspaper, and a copy was sent by USIS to NASA.

1970 – 1998 ​

I was a member of “Generation Zero” at UCC (Universities Computer Center).

I worked for UCC, DCS (Department of Computer Science), ICST (Institute of Computer Science and Technology) and several technology companies in the Silicon Valley.

1999

  • I founded the “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” and served as its Chief Editor.
  • It started with the news and photos of some gatherings back in Burma.
  • 30th Anniversary of the Graduation of the Class of 69 [reported by Ko Daniel Tint Lwin and Ma Saw Yu Tint (Alice).
  • Mini-gathering with Sayagyi Dr. Aung Gyi and other sayas and senior alumni reported by Saya U Soe Paing (my mentor at RIT and UCC).
  • U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76) designed and implemented http://www.ex-rit,org web site. I provided contents for the web site. My newsletter was also posted there.
  • The San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Group led by Saya Allen Htay (GBNF) formed “RIT Alumni International”.

2000

  • The First RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe (also fondly known as SPZP-2000) was held in San Francisco, USA in October 2000.
  • KMZ set up the Commemorative web pages.
  • I wrote 64 Countdown to the Reunion posts and 36 Post-Reunion posts.
  • The Commemorative Issue of the RIT Alumni International Newsletter was published for SPP-2000. I served as the Chief Editor. Ko Henry Lim and Saya U Thein Aung (Met72) served as Associate Editors. U Hla Myint Thein (Maurice Chee, M75) was Publisher. Maurice also served as co-Chair of the Working Committee for SPZP-2000 with Ko Benny Tan (M70).
  • U Thaung Sein (Steeve Kay, EC70), Tan Yu Beng (Benny Tan, M70), U Tin Myint (David Ko, M67), U Khin Maung Oo (Ivan Lee, M69) and U Maung Maung Than (M79) were Golden Sponsors of SPZP-2000.
Steeve Kay (Thaung Sein, Multiple Golden Sponsor)

2002

  • Second RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Singapore
  • Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung” by Saya U Moe Aung and team
  • Reprinted my “SAYA PUZAW PWE” poem as Back Cover

2004

  • Third RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Yangon
  • Mild earthquake did not rattle the attendees

2007

  • Fourth RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Singapore
  • Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung” by Saya U Moe Aung and team
  • Contributed a poem “SWE DAW YEIK”

2010

  • Fifth RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Singapore
  • Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung” by Saya U Moe Aung and team
  • Contributed an article : Sad and short clip — EE sayas

2012

  • Sixth RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Yangon
  • True “Home Coming” in the Gyogone Campus
  • Special publication : History of University Engineering Education in Burma/Myanmar by Saya U Aung Hla Tun and team (Ko Ohn Khine and I prepared the supplemental CD for the book)
  • Special publication: Selected RIT Cartoons
  • Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Magazine” by U Saw Lin and team
  • Reprints: Limited number of 23 RIT Annual Magazines

2013

  • Swel Daw Yeik Foundation
  • Contributions for various projects
  • Health care for the sayas and sayamas
  • “Saya Geha” as long term project

2014

  • Shwe YaDu
  • 50th Anniversary of the opening of RIT in 1964
  • Planted 50 Swel Daw Bins
  • Commemorative Issue of “Swel Daw Yeik Magazine” by Saya U Moe Aung and team (Contributed an article : “Recollections of a 69er”)
  • Paved Shwe YaDu lane and set up Swel Daw Yeik benches
  • Translated Saya U Moe Aung’s Shwe YaDu poem

2016

  • RIT/YIT/YTU Alumni Association
  • Seventh RIT Grand Reunion and SPZP in Yangon. There were 10000+ attendees. There was free food and fun (all day and all night long).
  • Platinum Jubilee for the Class of 69. It was hosted by some 69ers for their friends (in their sunset). I attended the gathering.
  • Soonkway Gathering at Half Moon Bay Monastery was organized by U Maurice Chee. Received Alumni Appreciation Award from alumni worldwide.
  • At the Annual Dinner by Northern California RIT Alumni Association, I received a plaque signed by Saya U Myat Htoo (Chair, BOD), U Kaung Kaung Oo (Gordon, President), and U Thaung Nyunt (Secretary)

2017

  • I attended Post-SPZP2016 Gatherings
  • I received the Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. At the District meeting, I received additional awards (e.g. Triple Crown, Advanced Leader Silver, Leadership Excellence, CAP [Club Ambassador Program],

​2018

  • I attended 5th Acariya Pu Zaw Pwe of ICST.
  • I gave guest lectures (e.g. UCSY, MARB)
  • I wrote 40+ posts on “Memories of UCC”. A summary was published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of UCSY.
  • I wrote 1000+ Trivia posts. I posted them in Facebook, and archived them in lifelonglearning140.wordpress.com and hlamin.com

2019

  • There are two milestones to celebrate in 2019.
  • Twentieth Anniversary of the founding of “RIT Alumni International Newsletter”.
  • Golden Jubilee on December 14, 2019 at YTU Assembly Hall.
  • I am revising old posts (e.g. providing links and references).
  • I plan to publish selected topics electronically and in print (hard copy).
  • I need suggestions, feedback and support from sayas, colleagues, former students, friends and literary lovers to transform my writings into books.

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