RU

Rangoon University (86)

Inya Saung / Inya Hall

Daw Su Su has three daughters :

  • Daw Hazel Saw Lwin (mother of Dr. Tin Tun)
  • Dr. Olive Saw Lwin
  • Daw May Saw Lwin (mother of U Aung Mon and Dr. Nyi Thet Lwin)

Daw Su Su was the first occupant of Room No. (1) at Inya Hall.

She wanted them to have experience (like her) at the Inya Hall. Per their mother’s request Daw Hazel and Daw May spent a year at Inya Hall as room mates. Daw Olive had to stay at the Hall for medical students.

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Daw Su Su danced three roles in the fund raiser for the Tekkatho Dhammayone. The director of the play was her cousin brother Saya U Lu Pe Win (Pali and Kyauksar Scholar). The rehearsal was assisted by U Nyi Pu (First male actor in a Burmese movie, Brother of A1 U Tin Nwe, U Maung Maung Soe and A1 U Tin Maung).

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Daw Su Su was honored at the Thet Kyee Pu Zaw Pwe (Paying homage to the elders) held at the Tekkatho Dhammayone. Her account was published in the Golden Jubilee Sar Saung of Inya Hall.

  • Myanmar Ah Swe Film evolved into A1 Film.
  • A1 U Tin Nwe and his extended family are known as Producers, Directors and Actors.
  • U Nyi Pu founded Maha Weikzardo Film.
  • U Tin Pe (Maung Maung Soe) founded Maung Maung Soe Film.
  • A1 U Tin Maung acted alongside May Shin and other lead female actors before becoming a Director/Actor.

Feedback

  • Several readers provided invaluable feedback.
    Gently pointed out some omissions and elaborated some facts.
  • Thit Yine (alumnus of Yegyaw Methodist) wrote :
    Dr. Hla Shwe (Boon Chiong) stood First in the Matriculation examination of 1953 from Yegyaw Methodist, and that his class mate Ohn Khin stood Second. Yegyaw Methodist was well known before the Nationalization of schools.
    
  • Thit Yine and Ko Ko shared the names of sayas (e.g. U Aung Myint, U Khin Zaw, U Ko Lay) who taught in the late 50s and early 60s.
  • Po Shwe Kyu wrote :
    Credit to Saya Hla Min as being the most prolific writer in this group, and his archives and chronicles will be of greatest help to coming generations. Drs. Hla Shwe & Tin Maung returned to Burma around 1962-63. I don’t know Dr Hla Shwe but Dr. Tin Maung also resided at the Chummery during my short stay there. Chummery is a “Saya Lu Pyo Saung”.
    
  • Myo Thaik wrote :
    Sayama Daw Khin Aye passed away last year. His cousin uncle Dr. Myint Thein won a Gold Medal for scoring highest marks in Chemistry in the I.Sc. examination, and later became the first Myanmar to received Ph.D in Nuclear Chemistry in the USA. He is currently staying with his son in Texas. He also wrote about “A Che A Nay Kaung” and “Ma Khan Chin Seik” that led him and his uncle cousin Dr. Win Naing to pursue their dreams to have doctorates.
  • Myo Thaik wrote :
    Dr. Hla Shwe is Emeritus Professor, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvannia, and then moved to California.

First in Burma

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I knew that several SPHS students stood First in Burma in the Matriculation examination. They include

  • U Ba Khin (Vipassana teacher, first native Auditor General)
  • George Chapman (SPHS51)
  • Dr. Nyunt Tin (SPHS52)
  • Koon Yin Chu (Phillip, SPHS54)
  • Dr. Soe Win (SPHS58)
  • Dr. Frankie Ohn (SPHS59
  • Dr. Khin Maung U (SPHS63)
  • Bernard Khaw (SPHS65)

I was aware that students from other schools also scored Top in the some years.

  • St. Peter’s High School (Mandalay)
  • Methodist English High School (MEHS)
  • St. John’s Convent
  • Yegyaw Mthodist
  • Sacred Heart

GBNF and Tone Kyaw

I have to be very careful in specifying persons as GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten).

There are at least three Tone Kyaw (person believed to have died) including me.

When my name sake CO U Hla Min (Chief Operator at UCC, who appeared healthier than me) passed away in his mid-30s, two Training Departments (from Co-op and Trade) inquired UCC where they could send a “Lwan Thu Pann Kway” (wreath) for me. My former class mate Moe Hein (Ajala with an extremely loud voice) was surprised when he saw me at the Kyandaw Cemetery. He said, “I have taken a day off to come here. I wondered why your brother did not tell that you had passed away.” I became a Tone Kyaw.

U Han Sein (C69, Ah Pho Gyi) was sentenced to 20 years for his alleged involvement in 8-8-88. His classmates, who were organizing the 30th Reunion of Graduation, inadvertently listed him as GBNF. He became a Tone Kyaw. He was released after 16 years (with the Amnesty Proclamation), but sadly, his family had been broken. He recently celebrated his 10 years of regained freedom.

When Dr. Tin Hlaing (Marine Technology) passed away in Singapore, some RIT inadvertently sent condolences to Saya Dr. Tin Hlaing (M63), who became a Tone Kyaw.

Proud and Happy Family

Some like Dr. Nyi Thet Lwin (Group Admin) are blessed to grow up on the Main Campus. He created the site because he wanted to learn first hand accounts about the University of Rangoon and its descendants — RASU, Institute of Medicine, Institute of Economics, Institute of Education, and Engineering School (which include BOC College, Faculty of Engineering, BIT, RIT, YIT and YTU).

“Nyi Nyi” is the younger son of Saya Dr. Soe Win who stood First in Burma in the Matriculation of 1958, and Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin. Saya and Sayama are among the honored to call the Campus their home. Nyi Nyi is the proud father of Ei Lwin, who achieved grade 9 in all of the nine subjects that she sat in the recent, 2019, GCSE exams. Following grandpa’s footsteps almost sixty years later!

U Aung Mon, his elder brother, was an organizer for EcE (Electronics Engineering) Reunion and SPZP. The family photo was taken at the Diamond Jubilee in 1995.

At that time, Dr. Soe Win was Principal / Rector at YUFL, Daw May Saw Lwin was teaching Chemistry at RASU U Aung Mon was attending RIT. Nyi Nyi was attending IM(1). Four family members were affiliated with four institutions.

At St. Paul’s High School, Saya Sein (father of Dr Soe Win) taught us Burmese.

His former students include Saya U Thet Lwin (Ngwe Hlinne, Composer of “Mya Kyun Nyo Nyo Kun Yeik Kho”).

Mya Kyun Nyo Nyo Kun Yeik Kho

  • The song was first recorded as a “Dat Pya” at Myanmar Ah Than (Burma Broadcasting Service).
    The song was first sung by U Mya Thein and group.
    Saya received 100 Kyats for his composition, and he treated his fellow Ah Nu Pyinnya Shins.
  • In a TV interview, Saya played the song.
  • The song has been sung in many events including the SPZPs (Saya Pu Zaw Pwe) of RIT Alumni.
  • The Singapore “Pon Chan Chan Group” led by Don Min U Yu Swan recorded the song.
    
  • The song was also sung at the Ceremony on December 1, 2019 to kick off the RU Centennial.
  • The various versions can be listened from the Facebook Posts and You Tube.

Land marks

  • Thit Pope Pinn is recognized by the Yangon Heritage Society.
  • The tree was there even before the founding of the University of Rangoon, and it survived Cyclone Nargis.
  • A few readers — notably Shwe Pho Kyu, the Old Wise man and Poet — expressed displeasure to see the wired fences and the inexplicable disappearance of landmarks.
  • The Convocation Hall is another land mark.
  • Eons ago, the Prime Minister of the Union of Burma served as Chancellor of the University of Rangoon, and also delivered “Commencement Speech” at the graduation.
    
  • I posted the program of the 1958 Convocation which listed about 30 prize winners (Gold Medals, Silver Medals and Books).
  • Saya U Soe Paing, my mentor at RIT and UCC, received two Gold medals (after paying 150 Kyats for each Gold Medal, because the original endowments no longer covered the “rising cost” of Gold for the Medals). He had the highest score for I.Sc. (A) and (B) combined. He had the highest score for Mathematics for I.Sc. examinations — with two other students.
  • In 1962, Dr. Myint Tun (Henry Cho Tun) won the Gold Medal for the highest score for I.Sc.(A) and (B) combined. U Myat Thwin (ChE66) beat him by one point for the highest score in Mathematics for I.Sc.(A) and (B) combined.

Autograph

Ma Chit Swe (Hazel Kyaw Zaw’s mother) was a Junior I.A. (Intermediate of Arts) student in 1936. Hazel has posted her mother’s autograph.

Daw Hla Myint, a close friend of Hazel’s mom, wrote a lovely poem. Many were unaware of her talent. She had to leave the University before graduation to get married to U Tu Maung. Saya U Tu Myint (Winston Tu Maung) was our saya at RIT and later taught at Singapore Polytechnic until retirement. Dr. Hla Maung (Ronald Tu Maung, MEHS65) moved to the UK. Her siblings include Dr. Pe Nyun (Pediatric Surgeon, who led the operation of conjoined twins Ma Nan Soe and Ma Nan San), Dr. Pe Thein (Professor and Retired Minister), Daw Ivy San Pe and Daw Flora San Pe.

Comments

Nyi Thet Lwin : I don’t know what to say but thank you so much.

Hla Min : I am just paying back to my old schools and my teachers.

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Noreen Win (Sayama Daw Nu Nu Yee, Australia) : Most interesting. Reading this made me feel nostalgic for my under graduate years and later on teaching ( Department of English 1968 -1979 ) at Rangoon Arts and Science University.

Hla Min : I love history and story telling. I am just a messenger and a life long learner.

Noreen Win : We need story tellers like you to disseminate the information you have gathered. Thank you.

Note : Sayama’s spouse Saya U Myo Win (Melvyn, M/Ag65, GBNF) taught Agricultural Engineering at RIT and in Australia. Sayama is the sister of H.E> U Nyi Nyi Than (Former Ambassador, GBNF) and U Tin Aung Win (Australia).

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Ashin Pannagavesaka (Errol ThanTun, Bobby, U Myo Tun, A69) : A great read, indeed, on a brief account of the beloved RU’s alumni and teachers!

Hla Min : Ashin won the essay contest organized by Daw Lay’s Circle of the Guardian newspaper, and later helped P Aung Khin with the Scrabble tournament and the Daw Lay section. Ashin served as Dhamma Librarian, Interpreter and Editor after retirement as Chief Architect at PWD. Need collaboration with SME such as Ashin.

Hazel Kyaw Zaw : I had attended an evening party organized by the Dawlay Circle group of the Guardian at Uncle Tim Marshall’s place in Baukhtaw when I was twelve or thirteen. I remembered meeting the late MaMa Tina Ohn with a big beehive and high heels and was at awe with other MaMas as well.

Ashin Pannagavesaka : I was there, too. It was unfortunate that Tina lived a short life. I can still picture her driving over to the DFC functions in her Volkswagen Beetle!

Hazel Kyaw Zaw : Yes, Ashin phayar. MaMa Tina Ohn’s mother was one of my mum’s friends as well. It was so sad that she passed away young. I’m still in touch with her nephew who lives in London. The Guardian party was the only time I got a chance to attend. When young, we were not allowed to go out at night. Someone from the family had to accompany us. Thus, I remembered that happy rare occasion, with writers and journalists, very well till now.
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Jenny Khin (Jenny Su, Daw Khin Thet Hta, Australia) : Well done. A remarkable overview of the posts.
Khin Thet Hta 1959-63 aka Jennie Su at MEHS

You would be a few years junior to me. Keep up the good work.

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