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RIT Days (1965 -1970)

Update : December 27, 2020

Series of Articles

  • First BE (1964 – 65)
  • Second BE (1965 – 66)
  • Third BE (1966 – 67)
  • Fourth BE (1967 – 68)
  • Fifth BE (1968 – 69)
  • Sixth BE (1969 – 70)

by Ko Zaw Min and Ko Ohn Khine

Edited by Ko Hla Min

  • Ko Zaw Min (EP70) matriculated from St. Albert’s High School, Maymyo in 1964.
  • Had a very high ILA (Intelligence Level Aggregate) and was admitted to the first ever 1st BE as Roll Number One.
  • Selected RIT Luyechun for the 1965 Summer Camp at Inlay.
  • His outspoken remarks about the Camp drew the ire of higher authorities.
  • Graduated with EP (Electrical Power) in 1970.
  • After working in the industry, he moved to the USA.
  • Studied Electronics in the USA
  • Added “Nawaday” to his name.
  • Several years ago, he shared his memories of RIT to the Google group of “the Combined Intake of 1st BE for 1964 and 1965”.
  • Ko Ohn Khine (M70) matriculated from St. Peter’s High School, Mandalay in 1964.
  • Took a combination of Science and Arts subjects and had good ILA score to be admitted to RIT.
  • Graduated with Mechanical Engineering in 1970
  • Worked for HI (Heavy Industries).
  • Created and maintained the the Google group of “the Combined Intake of 1st BE for 1964 and 1965”.
  • Volunteered for SPZP-2012 and SPZP-2016, HMEE-2012 and HMEE-2018, Swel Daw Yeik Foundation and several RIT-related activities.
  • Gave me rides during my visits to Yangon.
  • Filled the “missing pieces” in Ko Zaw Min’s accounts.
  • Ko Hla Min matriculated from St. Paul’s High School in 1963.
  • Received Collegiate Scholarship for standing 7th in the whole of Burma.
  • Finished Top in the Science Option of I.Sc.(A) examination
  • Admitted to the first ever 2nd BE in November 1964 as Roll Number One.
  • Selected Luyechun for the Inlay Khaung Daing Camp in the Summer of 1965
  • Graduated with Electrical Communications in 1969.
  • Started the “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” in 1989 and have maintained it for 21 years.
  • Administrator or Moderator of selected Facebook pages.
  • Maintain two web sites
    hlamin.com
    and
    lifelonglearning140.wordpress.com
  • Had the honor to edit the draft versions “Memories by Ko Zaw Min Nawaday (EP70) and Ko Ohn Khine (M70)”, which was first posted as Google Docs for the Combined 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65.
  • Published the edited document as a series of articles in “RIT Alumni International Newsletter and Updates”.

Three Intakes in 1964

There were three intakes at the Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT) when the new education system started in 1964. Eligible students were admitted to the first ever 1st BE, 2nd BE and 3rd BE classes. They are also known as

  • the Class of ’70 (1st BE Intake in 1964)
    Matriculates were admitted using the ILA
  • the Class of ’69 (2nd BE Intake in 1964)
    Those who had passed I.Sc.(A) with Science Option were admitted in order of merit
  • the Class of ’68 (rd BE Intake in 1964)
    Those who had passed I.Sc.(B) with Science Option were admitted in order of merit

The RIT Rector was U Yone Mo and the Registrar was U Soe Thein.

The Class of ’70

The Class of ‘70 comprised of the first year intake students in 1964. There were 494 registered students, of which 67 were female. Most graduated in 1970. Some took sabbatical for a year or two. A few left RIT before graduation. The GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten) reached 61 at the end of 2011. The number is growing towards 100.

The matriculates entered the first ever 1st BE classes. The controversial ILA (Intelligence Level Aggregate) was used for the vetting of applicants. In the system, a score of 1 to 20 was assigned to “map” the marks for each subject. The ILA score (rather than the”raw” marks) was used to determine the eligibility of the students admitted to an institute.

Under the old education system, the matriculates had to attend I.Sc. (A) classes. There were restrictions on the subjects taken at Inter classes to be eligible for Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, etc. For example, one must pass the I.Sc. with at least 50 marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry to attend the 1st Year Engineering Classes (3rd BE in the new system).

Under the new education system, there were no restrictions on the subjects taken in Matriculation exam. As such, many students who passed Matriculation with combined Science and Arts subjects and even those with pure Arts subjects were able to attend RIT. For example, Ko Ohn Khine passed the Matriculation examination with an odd combination of Mathematics, Chemistry and Geography.

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