Early days at RU

Intermediate Classes

In the mid and late 50’s, the Yankin College and the Htee Dan College served the First Year Intermediate classes.

The Pure Science, Engineering and Medical students attended Yankin College.

The Arts and Social Science students attended Htee Dan College.

BOC, Main and Leik Khone

After completing the I.Sc. classes, the engineering students attended BOC College for their main subjects and took some courses (e.g. Mathematics) at the Main Campus.

Later, the engineering students attended Leik Khone (Dome) and its extensions for their main subjects and spent some time (e.g. workshop) at BOC College.


Grapevine says that Russia’s “gift” for the Gyogone Campus was compensated in part by rice, since Burma was then known as the “Rice Bowl of Asia“.

Russia provided visiting Lecturers. Some Russian sayas speak reasonably good English. Others (e.g. teaching courses in the Agri sub-department of Mechanical Engineering) need interpreters to conduct their courses. Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt (M60) visited Sayagyi U Ba Than after returning from his post-graduate studies in the US. Saya was waiting to join Yezin College. Sayagyi asked Saya if he would like to join the Agri sub-department. The Agri students were happy with the teaching and practice of Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt. Saya also served as President of RIT Thaing Club.

Most Russian sayas were good chess players. They helped Ko Aung Than and Ko Maung Maung to form the RIT Chess Club. They conducted Lightning Chess tournaments.

Mr. Lazarov  rowed as Timing Stroke for the RIT Eights team, which won the Inter-Institute Eights Trophy. The team consisted of L. Than Myint, U Ohn Hlaing (Elmo, GBNF), U Kyaw Lwin (George, GBNF), U Thaung Lwin, U Myo Myint, U Than Htut, U Htain Linn and U Tin Aung (Victor, GBNF).

Folklore says the name BIT (Burma Institute of Technology) was changed to RIT (Rangoon Institute of Technology), so that engineering schools could be set up at Mandalay. Note that IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) uses IIT for all its campuses, but qualifies it with the Campus name.

Saya Dr. Koung Nyunt (A 67, GBNF) mentioned that he was a participant and/or witness in the “physical” changing of the names (BIT to RIT) on the building.

Leik Khone

Saya U Tin Htut (M60) and U Tin Htoon (A60) were the last batch of Engineering students to attend classes at Leik Khone.

In mid-1963, we attended I.Sc.(A) classes at Leik Khone. Those aspiring to become medical doctors take the “A” option. Those aspiring to become engineers and scientists take the “B” option.

Our teachers for our I.Sc.(A) classes included

  • Daw Tinsa Maw-Naing (English) — mother of Kinsa Maw-Naing
  • Daw Khin Kyi Kyi (English)
  • Daw Po (Burmese) — sayama at the 1965 Inlay Lu YeChun Camp, retired as Professor of Burmese
  • U Khin Zaw (Mathematics) — later headed Maths Department at Worker’s College
  • Mr. Chowdry (Mathematics)
  • Daw Khin Ma Ma (Mathematics) — Sayama and her spouse U Soe Nyunt taught Mathematics at DSA
  • U Min Than Thaung (Physics) — RUBC Gold, retired as Rector of Long Distance Learning
  • Daw Khin Khin Su (Physics)
  • Daw Khin Khin Aye (?) (Chemistry)

Some of my friends attended I.A. Intermediate of Arts) and I.Com (Intermediate of Commerce) classes at BOC College.

Under the new Education System, the Faculty of Medicine became Institute of Medicine(s). The 1st MBBS Jr. and Sr. classes were held at Leik Khone. My spouse attended at Leik Khone.


Context (time and place) is important when we talk about the history of Engineering Education in Burma/Myanmar.

HMEE-2012 covered most aspects. Due to time and resource constraints, several topics were deferred for a future edition.

HMEE-2018 is a follow up project to HMEE-2012.


The original RIT web site http://www.ex-rit.org and “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” and the Trivia posts (and the revisions) have articles which cover some early days.

The contributors include :

  • Saya U Aung Khin
  • Saya U Ba Than
  • Saya Dr. Aung Gyi
  • Saya U Min Wun
  • U Aw Taik Maw (C54)
  • Saya Allen Htay (C58, GBNF)
  • Saya Dr. San Hla Aung (C58)
  • Saya U Htin Paw (EE58, GBNF)
  • Saya U Myo Myint Sein (A58)
  • U Tin Htoon (A60)
  • Saya U Maung Maung Win (M61)
  • Saya U Soe Paing (EE/UCC)
  • U Myint Khine (Norman, C 63, later naval architect)
  • Saya Des Rodgers
  • Saya U Nyo Win (M65) : SPZP-2000
  • Saya Dr. Koung Nyunt (A67, GBNF)
  • Saya U Myat Htoo (C68) : SPZP-2000 and Class Photo
  • U Hla Min (EC69)
  • U Aung Min (M69) : GBNF list and 69er HCF
  • Benny Tan (M70)
  • U Ohn Khine (M70) : GNNF list and group update
  • U Zaw Min Nawaday (EP70) : Long article about his stay at RIT
  • Dr. Myint Thein (M73)
  • U Myint Thein (M74)
  • Maurice Chee (M75)
  • U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EP76)
  • U Htay Aung (Victor, EE 80)

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