We are glad to see the group “Gangaw Myay (Hnit Taya Pyie Tekkatho)” — formed on September 11, 2019 to prepare for the Centennial Celebrations of the University of Rangoon in 2020 — grow fast both qualitatively and quantitatively.There are about 1350 members at this time of writing. They joined the group at the invitation of the members.
Many are active members (about 90% according to the Admin), who are exuberant to share artifacts (dating back to the 1930s), rare and precious photos, anecdotes (including achievements and missteps) and their walks down memory lane.The following are a sampling of the topics covered in the posts.
U Tin Nyo
He shared a video ” တကၠသိုလ္အားကစား ပံုရိပ္မ်ား” directed by him and produced by ETV team (MERB) in1996 to mark the “Yangon University Diamond Jubilee”. Narration: Saya U Nyein . short Interview with U Ngwe Gaing (Soccer), U Tun Mra (Athlete), Haymar Ne Win,U Myo Nyunt ( Weight Lifting).I attended meetings at BERB (Burma Education Research Bureau). Saya Jimmy (Dr. Khin Maung Kyawe) was the Director General. I first met him as a colleague of my cousin uncle U Than Lwin at the Faculty of Social Science.
After the mandatory name change, BERB became MERB. Old books (e.g. by Maurice Collis, BBS U Khin Zaw, Daw Khin Myo Chit) were forced to rename their titles before they could be reprinted. There was no Grandfather’s clause for the name change. “Trials in Burma” became “Trials in Myanmar”.There were Educational TV programs. U Tin Nyo directed the video highlighting University Sports.
Saya U Nyein was Coach of the Rangoon University First Eleven. Two of his players Collegian Nay Win and Aung Tin became movie actors. Several players (e.g. U Ngwe Gaing) became Burma Selected. U Tun Mra won the Gold as a member of the 4 x 100 meters relay team anchored by U Soe Aung (then Burma Champion) at the 2nd SEAP Games held in Burma in December 1961. His younger brothers U Kyaw Mra (Hurdles, later National Coach) and U Soe Mra (Pole Vault) also won Golds at the 2nd SEAP Games. Hemar Nay Win (Vocalist) is the daughter of Collegian Nay Win and Daw Khin Marlar. U Myo Nyunt was Burma Selected for Weightlifting.Thanks Saya U Tin Nyo for sharing the video. Saya Nyein was a regular at the birthday gatherings of my uncle (Past Captain and Gold of RUBC). They were high school classmates.
For your reading pleasure
- Acid, Base and Alkali Myar
- Mother and Daughter (Both alumni)
- Fresher Welcome (and Fresher Queen)
- Sports Selections (e.g. Marlar, RASU)
Kabyars : both originals and reprints (e.g. from the Philosophy Magazine and Pu Zaw Pwes)
First-hand accounts of the various closures of the schools (Some had to walk a long way back to the hostels. One was invited to stay at their friends’ houses. One practiced for three months for the 3-day performance, but actually performed for a day. One worked for daily wages at the Library in 1988 and saw many cartoons and posters for the 8-8-88 movement. One remembers taking the examinations back in the home town. )
Some sayas, sayamas and alumni cannot spare the time to take part in gatherings.For example, Dr. Than Than Nyein told the organizers not to send her invitations to the Pu Zaw Pwes.
Some have passed away, but without obituary notices and confirmation from the bereaved family, we cannot list them as GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten).