In the mid and late 50’s, the Arts & Social Science students attended Htee Dan College and the Pure Science, Engineering & Medical students attended Yankin College for the Intermediate classes.
After completing the I.Sc. classes, the engineering students attended BOC College for their main subjects and took some courses (e.g. Maths) 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” was compensated in part by rice, since Burma was then known as the “Rice Bowl of Asia”. Some Russian sayas speak English; some have to be assisted by interpreters. Several of the Russian sayas were good chess players, and at least one Russian saya Mr. Lazarov was a good rower.
Folklore says the name BIT was changed to RIT, so that similar engineering schools such as MIT could be set up. Saya Dr. Koung Nyunt (A 67) mentioned that he was a participant and/or witness in the “physical” changing of the names (BIT to RIT) on the building.
We attended I.Sc.(A) classes at Leik Khone, while some of my friends attended I.A./I.Com 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. Context (time and place) is important when we talk about the history of Engineering Education in Burma/Myanmar.
The original RIT web site has articles by
- Saya U Aung Khin
- Saya Dr. Aung Gyi
- Saya U Min Wun
- U Aw Taik Maw (C 54)
- Saya Dr. San Hla Aung (C58)
- U Tin Htoon (A 60)
- Saya U Soe Paing (EE/UCC)
- U Myint Khine (Norman, C 63, naval architect)
- Saya Dr. Koung Nyunt (A 67)
- U Htay Aung (Victor, EE 80)