Burmese Tradition

Paying respect

Paying respect to Sayas for their metta and cetana is a tradition that is unique to Burma/Myanmar.

The tradition is alive and well.

Saya Pu Zaw Pwes

There have been SEVEN world wide SPZPs :

  • SPZP-2000 (US)
  • SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007, SPZP-2010 (Singapore)
  • SPZP-2004, SPZP-2012, SPZP-2016 (Yangon)


Many alumni are active in the following:

  • SDYF (Swel Daw Yeik Foundation)
  • RITAA (RIT-YIT-YTU Alumni Association)
  • MES (Myanmar Engineering Society)
  • MEC (Myanmar Engineering Council)


“History of University Engineering Education in Burma/Myanmar” (HMEE-2012) was published in time for SPZP-2012.

  • The project’s initiators included Saya U Soe Paing, Sayagyi U Ba Than and several sayas and alumni (See Acknowledgement in the Book).
  • Saya U Aung Hla Tun and team (including Yours Truly) compiled the book.
  • The draft for the first two sections were prepared by Saya U Soe Paing and team.
  • Ko Ohn Khine (M70) translated Section 1 and summarized Section 2.
  • Ko Ohn Khine’s translations have been revised by Saya U Soe Paing.
  • Saya U Aung Hla Tun suggests that the Book is due for revision/update every five years (or so).
  • Several meetings have been held for HMEE-2018 (follow up project to HMEE-2012 mentioned above.

YTU Library Modernization Project

  • Donations — large and small — are coming in.
  • U Khin Maung Tun (T78), Daw Myint Myint (C69), Saya Dr. Myo Khin (C70) and Daw Mya Nwe (Winsome, C73), Saya U Tin Htut (M60) … donated K100 Lakhs each (or more) for the Project.
  • Thanks to Ma Nan Khin Nwe (83 Intake) and team. The team had incrementally published the list of donors.
  • Phase One : The construction for adding a storey is completed.


  • The YTU Library could/should have a section to help remember our beloved alma mater, our sayas and alumni activities.
  • Sayagyi Dr. Aung Gyi endorsed Ko Benny Tan’s proposal to archive the mementos.
  • I have requested several class representatives to record (both formally and informally) their gatherings.

HCF (Health Care Funds)

  • Steeve and Helen Kay Health Care Fund for RIT Sayas
  • U Khin Maung Tun and family Fund for Vision Care
  • Swel Daw Yeik Foundation
  • Others : by discipline and/or class


We would be glad to hear about the progress of the Accreditation …

RIT related Facebook pages and web sites

  • hlamin.com
  • RIT Updates
  • Swel Daw Yeik Foundation
  • RIT-YIT-YTU Alumni Association
  • NorCal RITAA
  • Google Group for Combined 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65
  • Google Group for RIT Updates
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