Updated on May 6, 2019
Class refers to the [expected] year of graduation
The Class of 69 refers to the alumni from the academic year 1968- 69, who graduated in 1969. The Class of 69++ will also include some alumni who took “sabbatical” (“waso”) and graduated a year or two later.
Intake refers to the year when the group was admitted to RIT, YIT, or YTU.
Most from the 1st BE Intake of 64 graduated in 1970. Most from the 1st BE Intake of 65 graduated in 1971. The Combined 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65 has held Reunion and Acariya Pu Zaw Pwe for nearly two decades.
Some Intakes unfortunately lost three years of their schooling, since the institute was “closed” for three years (from 1988 to 1990).
BIT stands for Burma Institute of Technology
The engineering school moved to the Gyogone Campus in 1961.
BIT was still under the aegis of Rangoon University.
Sayagyi U Yone Mo was Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University.
Note: AIT (Asian Institute of Technology) might have been named SEATO
School of Engineering (or equivalent).
BIT was renamed as Rangoon Institute of Technology in 1964. The intention was to have Mandalay Institute of Technology [and more].
Under the then New Education System, RIT became an independent Institute along with other professional Institutes.
Rangoon University was renamed as RASU (Rangoon Arts and Science University)
Not sure why it was not named as BIT (Rangoon Campus) a la IIT [Indian Institute of Technology]
RItTwas renames as Yangon Institute of Technology
The name change occurred to be in line with the “new” Naming Policy [to refrain from using names from the Colonial Era].
Note: The Naming Policy did NOT have a grandfather clause. Some “old” books could not be re-published without the name changes. For example, “Trials in Burma” by Maurice Collis was forced to be re-titled “Trials in Myanmar”.
YTU stands for Yangon Technological University. It was another name change to sound similar as NTU (in Singapore, which was earlier called NTI).
Swel Daw Yeik
It is a synonym for RIT and the engineering schools preceding and succeeding it. The term became established at the Golden Jubilee
Celebrations of Rangoon University in 1970, when the Ah Nu Pyinnyar Shins of RIT took part as “Swel Daw Yeik Troupe [Ah Nyeint]”.
During the Adhamma Era, Swel Daw Bins were razed from the so-called “Tha Bone Kyaung” (which is a disparaging term to describe “Thamudaya Kyaung”).
With the dawning of the “Pwint Linn Era”, 50 Swel Daw Bins were planted to commemorate the Shwe YaDu (in 2014).
There are many artifacts with “Swel Daw Yeik” in their name and spirit.
They include :
- Commemorative Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung
- Commemorative Swel Daw Yeik Magazine
- Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF)
HCF stands for Health Care Fund.
There are several HCFs.
They include :
- Steeve and Helen Kay Heath Care Fund for RIT Sayas and Sayamas
- U Khin Maung Tun’s Family’s Eye-care for RIT Sayas and Sayamas
- SDYF (which now also handles to two funds described above)
- Class-wide HCFs (e.g. Class of 69, Class of 70 & 71, Class of 72, …, Intake of 83 …)
Note: There has been some changes to the Health Care of Sayas and Sayamas.
- Hospitalization still has the highest priority.
- Case-by-case consideration for sayas and sayamas who have to visit clinics many times
- Eligible sayas and sayamas (age 60+ and NOT 65+) can have medical check ups
- If funds are available, spouses of eligible sayas and sayamas can also have medical check ups.
- It is the Alumni Association of RIT/YIT/YTU
- The Association provides “SAYA’S CORNER”, where tea and coffee are served.
- The Association is coordinating the “Library Modernization Project”