(1) Readers [of the RASU Annual Magazine for 1975 -76] came up with several hidden messages.
There were several pamphlets during the first anniversary of 7th July. The schools were closed and a new Education system was implemented in November 1964.
The censorship intensified in the later years.
My articles had to be approved by three Chief Editors of the newspapers (two Burmese and one English).
My poem for the Sar So Daw Nay was accepted by the Assistant Editor in charge of the Supplement. She showed me the preview (block ready to be printed). The higher authorities refused to give the green light since my poem referenced Ananda Thuriya’s epic work “Dhammata”.
(2) At the centennial celebrations of some universities, the alumni and staff were asked to nominate events and people to be honored as the 100 items associated with the school. The members could propose a list of items about their alma mater.
(3) Philosophy means love of wisdom.
(4) The scholarship and stipend holders received 75 kyats a month (60 kyats after paying the school fees). Those who stayed at hostels had to pay about 57 kyats a month. One kyat could get long bus rides, decent food, comics, cartoons…
(5) Some mathematicians served as Pyinnya Mingyi and wrote textbooks for middle and high schools.
(6) The early Registrars include Saya U Htin Si, Saya U Yu Khin and Sayama Daw Sein Sein.
Dr. Htin Aung was the first native Rector. Other early Rectors include Dr. Hla Myint, U Kar, Dr. Tha Hla and Dr. Maung Maung Kha.
(7) Saya U Ba Toke played soccer and later managed the soccer team and the Burma Olympic team.
Dr. Hla Thwin was Professor of Psychology.
Dr. Maung Shein was Lecturer of Economics before becoming Deputy Minister.
Saya U Ba Toke liked to share his memories, but his health declined after turning 90. He was born in December 1920 and is a Phwa Bet Taw of Rangoon University and the first RU Student strike.
(8) Some are blessed to be born on the campus.
Some are honored to call the campus their home.
I only had the chance to visit the houses of some sayas.
(9) RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwes were held in USA in 2000, Singapore in 2002, 2007 and 2010, Yangon in 2004, 2012 and 2016.
(10) [Alvin Oke Soe Kha] : I experienced first hand when Uncle U Ba Kyi sang ”ႏွစ္ ေယာက္ ထဲ ေန ျခင္တယ္” and my father Dr. Maung Maung Kha accompanied uncle on violin.
(11) There were fund raisers to hold Centennial celebrations for Saya Kha. Saya U Oo Khin Maung and Sayama Daw Thida were volunteer organizers along with several others.
(12) Maung Ngwe Hlinne is the pen name of Saya U Thet Lwin, who taught Burmese at the Institute of Economics and later transferred to RIT as Registrar.
(13) [Saya Dr. Soe Win] : My father Saya Sein was U Thet Lwin‘s Burmese teacher at St. Paul’s High School.
(14) Saya U Than Aung taught Burmese in the early days at St. Paul’s. He served as Minister of Education in the AFPFL government. He requested his former student C. Ping Lee (EE saya at the Faculty of Engineering) to head the Technical Education and Vocational Training Department.
(15) [Nyunt Nyunt Tin] : I was in the 7th standard at Myoma National High School (Rangoon) and participated Kabyaluk dance. The team of 400 high school girl students danced Kabyaluk at the opening ceremony. Never forget ,ever.
(16) In 1923, Rangoon University Boat Club (RUBC) was founded by Sir Arthur Eggar (Professor of Law), who pledged a third of his salary for the operation of the Club.
U Nyo (Philanthropist) sponsored RUBC Club as part of his donations to the RU Estate.
The 40th Anniversary was celebrated in 1963 with a souvenir program containing the history of RUBC, list of Captains and EC members, list of RUBC Golds (compiled by Sithu U Tin, U Po Zon and U Tin Htoon). The photo of the Anniversary Dinner appears in another post.
There were other celebrations such as 50th, 60th, …
For the 90th Anniversary, there were two publications. The souvenir program displayed in the post, and a reprint of the Autobiography of Sir Arthur Eggar.
(17) In the early days, University students excel at academic and sports.
Dr. Harry Saing represented Burma in Rowing, Hockey and Cricket and represented the Faculty of Medicine in Track and Field, and Football. He is Past Captain and Gold of RUBC, and is two time Champion of ARAE (Amateur Rowing Association of the East).
He and Saya Dr. Pe Nyun (Past Secretary and Gold of RUBC) operated Ma Nan Soe and Ma Nan San (the first set of conjoined twins) at the Rangoon Children Hospital.
Dr. Harry served as Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the Hong Kong University. He also served as Patron of the Hong Kong Rowing and Sailing Club, which hosted FEARA (Far East Amateur Rowing Association) Regattas. According to Ko Htaik San (Henry Kao), Dr. Harry provided physical and moral support to the RUBC crews competing at FEARA regattas.
Sadly, he is GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten). I wrote about his in the Souvenir Magazine.
Per his wishes, his ashes were scattered into the waters near his second favorite Rowing Club (after his favorite RUBC).
(18) [Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin] : TQ Saya Hla Min for including our photo in your post.
I think you would be happy (but not surprised ) to learn that our granddaughter Ei Lwin, Dr Nyi Thet Lwin’s daughter achieved grade 9 in all of the nine subjects that she sat in the recent, 2019, GCSE exams. Following grandpa’s footsteps almost sixty years later!
(19) Tekkatho Tun Naung would often play with the mandolin on his back. He is a co-founder of Stereo Khit.
(20) Some footballers after the war.
U Than Win (Captain of the team, later Director of Sports and Physical Education)
U Chan Tha (Captain of the Prome Hall team, also Past Captain and Gold of RUBC)
Collegian Nay Win, Kenneth Shein, Tun Kyi and Dr. Tint Lwin played for RU First Eleven under coach Saya Nyein.
(21) The University prizes include Matthew Hunter Gold Medal.
(22) Shwe Ku May Hnin wrote “Nga Doh Khit Ka Tekkatho“.
(23) Several Burma Selected and University Selected became Sports Officers.
(24) Saya Joe Ba Maung taught English at RIT before transferring to Burma Railways. Saya was Burma Tennis Champion in Singles and Doubles.
The RASU Sports Officer U Ba Maung is a football selection.
(25) In the early days, less than 10 percent passed the Matriculation examination. It was an honor to prefix one’s name with Tekkatho or University.
Khin Nyo wrote : absolutely right. i think in 1957 only 2% Passed and the total is 20000 . Even dancer AmarSein was conferred.with the title Thekkatho Amar Sein by the Rector.Dr Tha Hla.