- As of October 19, 2019, there are 6350+ members.
The membership is growing by leaps and bounds.
- Members are requested to follow the Netiquette (Etiquette when using networks). For example :
No link to irrelevant sites
No flames (avoid calling names)
- There are 20000+ posts and 150+ posts daily for the past few days.
- It is difficult if not impossible to read all the posts and the relevant comments.
(a) One can save selected posts.
(b) One can share selected posts.
(c) One can go to the “Popular Topics” section organized by Dr. Nyi Thet Lwin (Admin of the Group) and select a Topic.
- Due to the transition to Unicode-compliant fonts, one may not be able to read some postings (e.g. using the early Zawgyi fonts).
For some reason, Zaw Decode (which can read Unicode almost perfectly and Zawgyi with 80 – 90% perfectlon) no longer worked on some systems (especially after an OS upgrade).
- Dr. Nyi Thet Lwin (Admin) and his brother U Aung Mon (Moderator) have used Translation Software to convert posts (using Unicode compliant fonts) to Zawgyi and vice versa.
- I have created 50+ albums using the photos from the posts (with credit given to the source where ever possible) and the photos from my archives.
(a) Some photos (e.g. U Nu, Zawgyi) may appear in multiple albums.
(b) I have added Comments to selected albums.
(c) Thanks to Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin and several readers for providing interesting information about the photos.
U Pe Maung Tin was a Pali and Burmese Scholar. He proposed to have a separate Burmese Department. He was the first native Principal of Rangoon College. The Myanmar Sar Community will honor Sayagyi with a bust in December 2019.
Dr. Htin Aung was the first native Rector of the University of Rangoon. Per Dr. Yan Naing Lwin, Dr. Htin Aung accompanied Prime Minister U Nu to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1954. After retirement, Dr. Htin Aung was appointed Burmese Ambassador to Ceylon. Old alumni may have studies Saya’s books such as “Thirty Burmese Tales” and “Burmese Drama”.
Dr. Hla Myint (Economics), Dr. Tha Hla (Geology) and Dr. Maung Maung Kha (Meteorological Physics) in the UK about the same time. They later became Professor and Head of Department in their disciplines. They retired as Rector of the University of Rangoon. Dr. Hla Myint continued as Researcher / Scholar / Administrator in UK. Dr. Tha Hla served as UN Advisor in several countries and settled in Thailand. He offered his collection of Whiskey and drinks, but added, “Do not spoil Whiskey by adding water or soda. You can drink “Ah Yet”, but never let :Ah Yet” drink you.” There are several more anecdotes (e.g. Scholarship for his bright but left-leaning student, Dispersing the crowd surrounding the agitator Ajala, Censoring Thar Du but voting his movie for Academy Awards). Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt (M60) knows the details.
Shwe Ku May Hnin remembered Saya Kha’s smile when a student asked him, “Saya, will you continue the tradition of Di Tha Par Mauk Kha Saya giving away his beautiful daughters to brilliant students?”.
A member of this group remembered Saya Kha’s smile and forgiveness when he was inadvertently hit by a student (who had to take classes at Workers’ College and come to the Main Campus for practical sessions). The young sayas U Thein Aung (Micky) and U Thein Htut scolded the offender and his companions for not knowing Sayagyi. Per Dr. Alvin Oak Soe Kha, Saya Kha is the longest serving Rector (known for his compassion).
U Yone Mo served briefly as Dean of Engineering at BIT (Burma Institute of Technology) before becoming the first Rector of RIT (Rangoon Institute of Technology).
U Wynn Htain Oo (M72) remembers how his friends were having fun with the “Ye Punn”. Saya U Yone Mo saw them and said with a smile, “Young men, you can go to the University Swimming Pool or to the Inya Kan (Lake)”.
Saya Allen Htay (C58) told us that Sayagyi established the weekly “Yoke Shin” at the Assembly Hall.
Saya Dr. Aung Gyi (then Professor of Civil Engineering) remembered seeing a letter from U Yone Mo (Rector) sent to U Yone Mo (Parent of a son who happened to visit his gambling friends at the hostel). Saya told the Admin to stow away the letter.
Things changed over the years. During the Adhamma Era, sayas sayamas and students were forced to “Let Oak Chi” to visiting Taing Hmus and Higher.
One exception was Saya U Hla Shwe (T69) who continued teaching saying, “This is my duty. I can only come when the class is done. When U Hla Shwe fell ill, a blogger recounted the episode, and several who did not know U Hla Shwe donated for his medical expenses.
With the “Pwint Linn” Era, several books and photos (which would not pass censorship) are available. There is no single correct history. There are often competing and contradicting histories. The duty of a historian is to present facts. The reader can read the documents critically and make his/her judgement.