Colleges and Courses
- A University usually consists of several colleges.
- Rangoon University was founded in 1920 with Rangoon College and Judson College as its constituents.
- In the early days, Rangoon University offered Intermediate Courses.
They were known as Inter (A) and Inter (B).
- The Science Option is available for I.Sc. (Intermediate of Science).
- The Arts Option is available for I.A (Intermediate of Arts).
- Intermediate courses were initially offered in the Main Campus.
- In the mid 1950s, Yankin College was opened for students who intend to study Pure Science, Engineering and Medicine.
My brother U Sein Htoon attended Yankin in 1957 along with Sayama Daw May Saw Lwin.
My sister Daw Khin Than Nwe attended Yankin in 1958 along with Saya Dr. Soe Win,
- Hteedan College was opened for students who intend to study Arts and Social Science.
My cousin U Myo Min attended Hteedan in 1958.
- In 1961, the Faculty of Engineering moved to the Gyogone Campus.
- The I.Sc classes were moved to Leik Khone (which used to be under the Faculty of Engineering).
- Leik Khone is a place holder for the Dome and the nearby buildings used for Admin and Teaching).
- In 1963, we attended the last I.Sc.(A) class at Leik Khone
- Those who studied I.A and I.Com took classes at the BOC College.
- In November 1964, Leik Khone fell under the Institute of Medicine (1).
It was used for 1st MBBS Jr. and Sr. classes.
- In the early 1970s, my spouse attended her 1st MBBS classes.
Intermediate Colleges were opened in
- Moulmein (Mawlamyine)
- Bassein (Pathein)
- In some years (probably due to the insurgency in some parts of Burma), students have to sit the “combined” Intermediate examination.
- Otherwise, they have to sit for Inter (A) and Inter (B) exams separately.
- Even then, there were two chances to pass the exam.
- The first exam was usually held in March.
- The second (aka supplementary) exam was usually held in June.
- The “compart” (compartmental) system requires a student to re-take only the subjects they have failed.
- Stipends and awards (Gold and Silver medals, …) are eligible only for students who pass all subjects in the first exam.
- Per Sayagyi U Aung Khin (Retired Professor of Mechanical Engineering) : Those who aspire to become engineers have to pass I.Sc. with 50+ marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
- According to U Aw Taik Moh (C54) and Saya Dr. San Hla Aung (C58), they had to take a bike or walk to the Main Campus to attend Mathematics and/or Geology classes (usually from 7AM to 9AM). They then had to attend Engineering Courses at the B.O.C College from 10 AM.
- Saya U Ba Toke taught Mathematics to several engineering students (including Saya Dr. Aung Gyi, U Min Wun and U Khin Aung Kyi).
- Grapevine says that the Second Year of Engineering (equivalent to 4th BE) and 2nd MBBS were the “filters” (or “stumbling blocks”) for engineering and medical students. Some decided to change their study to Pure Science or Arts.
- A three storey building and a “Leik Khone” were constructed in the mid 1950s on Prome Road.
- The architect envisioned a Htee (Umbrella), but the Burmese saw the roof top as “Leik Khone”).
- Per Saya Dr. San Hla Aung (C58), the new building was opened by Prime Minister U Ba Swe.
- Some engineering classes were taught at the new building.
Some classes (e.g. Workshop) were taught at the BOC College.
- The “Leik Khone” was used mainly as Assembly Hall.
- It was also used for Exhibitions and Entertainment (e.g. Louis Armstrong).
- One building was used for
Admin Office (of the Dean)
Hangout for Sayas
- Sad to note that the Dome deteriorated and “collapsed” (probably due to maintenance problems).
- The land mark is now a memory.