1970 : RU Golden Jubilee
RU celebrated the Golden Jubilee in 1970.
RIT Ah Nu Pyinnya Shins debuted the “Swel Daw Yeik Troupe” with “Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint” and “Htee Yein”.
The terms “Swel Daw”, “Swel Daw Bin” and “Swel Daw Yeik” became the official synonyms for RIT and its predecessors.
1999 : 30th Anniversary of 69ers
The celebration indirectly led to the founding of the “RIT Alumni International Newsletter”, the ex-rit web site and SPZP-2000.
2009 : 40th Anniversary of 69ers
Group photos from the event have been posted in the RIT 69ers, RIT Update pages, and hlamin.com
2014 : Pseudo Golden Jubilee of 69ers
It was the Golden Jubilee for Admission to the first ever 2nd BE at RIT in November 1964.
2019 : True Golden Jubilee of 69ers
Close to ninety of our former classmates are GBNF.
Several seniors are 75+ years young but are physically and mentally strong as ever.
2020 : RU Centennial
- RU will celebrate its Centennial in 2020.
The kick off began on December 1, 2019.
Major events will take place in November and December 2020
- There will be commemorative publications and exhibitions.
- Sayagyi U Ba Toke was a Phwa Bet Taw of “RU” and “First RU Student Strike” (honored as “Ah Myotha Aung Pwe Nay”) in December 1920.
- The Strike also contributed to the reform of the RU Act of 1920.
Most 69ers took the first ever High School Final Only examination in 1962. They lost one precious year of their lives as guinea pigs of the frequently changing Education System.
Those from Rangoon took the HSF examination with the security troops roaming the city after the Coup d’etat on March 2, 1962.
They later learned that the examination was annulled. They had to retake the HSF in August 1962.
There were two dark days :
- July 7, 1962
Quashing of the RU Students’ Demonstration
- July 8, 1962
Demolition of the revered RU Student Union Building
There were protests in July 1963 to commemorate the anniversary of 7th July 1962 and 8th July 1962.
The higher authorities closed most schools (except the Faculty of out Medicine and Engineering). Those who were one year senior to us in High School graduated 2.5 years ahead from RIT.
In November 1964, the New Education System was established with “autonomous” Institutes such as RIT and IM(1).
The controversial ILA system was used for the admission to the Institutes.
During the closure of the schools, some friends applied for scholarships to study mostly in socialist countries (including GDR and USSR).
Three batches of students were admitted to RIT in November, 1964.
Class of 70 (1st BE Intake of 64)
400+ Matriculates were admitted to the first ever 1st BE. Ko Zaw Min was Roll Number One. Ko Cho Aye (GBNF), Ko Peter Pe (GBNF) and Ko Thaung Sein (Steeve Kay, Multiple Golden Sponsor) were among the top students.
Ko Win Thein and Ko Win Aung were some of the High School Luyechuns. Ko Maung Maung Htwe was a Multiple-sports athlete. Sai Thein Maung was RIT goalkeeper for six years, and a Track and Field champion. Some of their stories have been told in the “Combined 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65” booklets and the commemorative GJ issue by Ko Zaw Min, Ko Ohn Khine, Ko Soe Aung, Ko Zaw Win, Ma Than Yi, Rosie Tin Maung …
Class of 69 (2nd BE Intake of 64)
300+ students who had completed their I.Sc.(A) were admitted to the first ever 2nd BE. I was Roll Number One. Ko Tin Tun, Kenny Wong, Ko Taing Oke, Ko Tun Aung Gyaw were among the top students. One top female student chose to transfer to RASU (after a Workshop session) and later received her Ph.D.
Most chose to study Civil, Mechanical and Electrical. There were 20 (or less) in some majors.
After graduation, several joined the Faculty and some retired as Deputy Minister, Professors, Associate Professors and Lecturers.
Some worked for the Industry in Burma and later overseas. Some did private businesses.
Ko Khin Maung Nyo was an early GBNF.
Ko Han Sein was an early Tone Kyaw.
Around 1997, an idea was floated to have a Reunion in 1999, and to have subsequent mini-gatherings as much as possible.
At one time, the Class of 69 had a median age of 69 and the GBNF list close to 69. The symmetry has been broken. Old age and sickness had taken over. Even the optimistic organizers have a feeling that the Golden Jubilee in December 14, 2019 will be the last one for most of us.
Except for an elite few (including “Bu” and Ko Nyi Hla Nge), most alumni have extended family members (including adorable “Myees”) and are enjoying quality time with them. Some are sayadaws practicing and spreading the dhamma. Some are Mike Khe’s (Pho So Chin) in Burma and beyond.
Class of 68 (3rd BE Intake of 64)
About 200 students who completed their I.Sc.(B) were admitted to the first ever 3rd BE. In the old system, their class would be called “First of Engineering”. Saya U Myat Htoo (C68) is a founding member of RIT Alumni International and NorCal . U Tun Aung (Jeffrey, EC68), U Aung Khin (EP68) and U Min Maung (EP68) attended SPZP-2000.
Except for occasional messages (e.g. sad news), I have not had feedback from the Class of 68.