Hla Min

Hla Min (41) : My blessings

I am blessed to be a Life Long Learner and a Volunteer for several communities / organizations / projects.

I am blessed to be able to pay back to my alma mater and my mentors.

Paying respect

  • Paying respect to Sayas is a tradition that is unique to Burma / Myanmar.
  • The tradition is alive and well.
  • There have been seven world wide SPZPs :
    SPZP-2000 (US)
    SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007, SPZP-2010 (Singapore)
    SPZP-2004, SPZP-2012, SPZP-2016 (Yangon)
  • SPZP-2020 will be held in Yangon in 2020
    Note sure if the Pandemic will effect the schedule
  • Many alumni are active in the following:
  • SDYF (Swel Daw Yeik Foundation)
  • RITAA (RIT-YIT-YTU Alumni Association)
  • NorCal RITAA (in the US)
  • MES
  • MEC
  • HMEE-2018


  • “History of University Engineering Education in Burma/Myanmar” was published in 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 compiled the book
    Saya gave the copyright of the HMEE-2012 book to RITAA
  • Draft for the first two sections was prepared by Saya U Soe Paing
    Ko Ohn Khine translated Section 1 and summarized Section 2
    Ko Ohn Khine’s works were revised by Saya U Soe Paing
  • HMEE-2018 project is headed by Saya U Aung Hla Tun.
    The project will revise and enhance HMEE-2012 book.
    Also cover History of Engineering and Industries in Myanmar

YTU Library Modernization Project

A decent Library is a requirement of the accreditation of YTU by Asean (and beyond).

Donors include

  • U Khin Maung Tun (T78)
  • Dr. Myo Khin (C70) and Daw Mya Nwe (C73)
  • Daw Myint Myint (C69)
  • Saya U Tin Htut (M60)
  • James Shwe (M76) and Annette Shwe (A75)
  • Anonymous donors
  • Alumni from Northern and Southern California
  • Alumni from Singapore
  • Alumni from Australia and New Zealand


  • The Library could 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
  • Requested class representatives to record their gatherings and activities

Health Care Funds

  • “Steeve and Helen Kay Health Care Fund for RIT Sayas and Sayamas”
  • “Eye examination and assistance Fund provided by U Khin Maung Tun”
  • Balance of both funds have been handed over to Swel Daw Yeik Foundation
  • Other funds include 69er HCF, EE69er HCF, and those administered by the classes and groups (e.g. Combined 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65)


  • RIT related Facebook pages
  • RIT related Google groups
  • hlamin.com

Saya Allen Htay

  • Leader of the San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Group.
  • Co-founded “RIT Alumni International” which hosted SPZP-2000 and served as its President
  • His article “Brother, can you spare US $500?” is a classic
  • Daw Mu Mu Khin hosted a lunch in memory of Saya on December 31, 2017 (Saya’s birthday)
  • Daw Mu Mu Kin donated Saya’s books to the YTU library.
    Sponsored scholarships for eligible YTU students.

Golden Sponsors for SPZP-2000

  • U Thaung Sein (Steeve, EC70)
  • U Benny Tan (M70)
  • U Khin Maung Oo (Ivan Lee, M69)
  • U Tin Myint (David Ko, M67)
  • U Maung Maung Than (M79)

    The Golden sponsors and other donors made sure Saya U Nyo Win’s Act will not be needed.

    The organizers must chip in (e.g. $500) if SPZP-2000 cannot have the minimum number of attendees. (U Nyo Win’s Act)


  • Completed two decades as Chief Editor of RIT Alumni International Newsletter
  • Compiled posts for the Golden Jubilee of 69ers
    Celebrated on December 14, 2019


  • Writing and revising posts in hlamin.com
  • Requesting sponsors / volunteers for implementing my Dream (of compiling e-books and books for Posterity)
  • Praying for the end of the Pandemic which had inflicted numerous lives across the Globe

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  1. Our RIT Days During 1966-1972 How we studied in RIT. In The Lecture Rooms

    ေတြးမိေတြးရာ ေရးမိေရးရာ (.၄၅ ) အဂၤလိပ္စာ ညံ့ခဲ့တဲ ့ကြ်န္ေတာ္

    English and Me and My RIT Days in 1966- 1972

    How poor I have been in my English study in the past . I got just 34 marks in English in my Matriculation Exam in 1966. I studied in a small town near Rangoon ,called Nyaungdone ( formerly named as Yandoon. ) Due to my English marks ,I passed Matriculation Exam with moderation though I got higher marks in other 3 Science subjects of which one is a Distinction marks .

    In our possibly good old days compared to today but not comparable to the educational system of prewar or post war independent days , our enrollment to higher education of universities and institute were judged by ILA marks in our 1966 education system.

    I thinks it was a second year for this system of choosing university enrollment . The ILA marking system was possibly based on weighing marks to subjects by average score . Maximum of 20 ILA marks for individual subject were assigned in groups and ranges to each subjects for the long time marking system of Maximum of 100 marks . Similar to us when we were in RIT that we have Maximum of only 5 grades for each subject .

    Due to my lowest English marks of 34 ,similar to Cartoonist U Myint Pe ,I got low ILA totals and enrolled at the end of a class in Architecture Major in 1966-67 RIT first year RIT Class as roll number 25 by me as a fresher student and 2 additional first year repeaters totaling 27 students in our major.

    Really speaking ,I choose Architect major because of my interest in art and architecture and Myanmar culture and history . In 1966 when I foresaw the future, the job opportunity of our Architecture is lower than civil engineering in our days . So I tried hard to get good marks again in the exam to change my major in second year. I jumped to the top 5 among us 27 Architecture students . We top 3 were allowed to change our major to our choice . I was entitled to transferred to Civil Engineering and the other top two were changed to Mechanical and Textile majors .( the one who changed to Textile is now a great astrologer in Yangon )

    This time again,I have been placed at the end position of our Civil major of 163 students in 1967-68 second year Civil Engineering class with another 3 second year repeaters near me when we have to sit in the class room .totaling 167 students in our class . I could not forget the class rooms that I sat at the further end of our RIT Lecture rooms due to my last roll numbers .

    We have to try hard to compete each other within our Civil Engineering Class so that I myself put forward from the last roll number 163 in second year to 63 in my third year class and within the middle roll numbers in next years ,then to top 40 etc . ( Thanked to U Ye Myint who have the student records of us 1972 BE Civil Batch by yearly roll numbers )

    In our days of RIT ,we judged the education status of our friends by his roll number for his position of Education standard at RIT . Seeing back, I like this type of education system in our days .

    Due to my poor English ,I have to learn more in my later years in RIT days and beyond up till my government service life . I remembered my late room mate friend ,San Hla Khine , that we both learned English together in our RIT days when we both stayed together in on room for 3 years . We bought two English magazines monthly ReadersDigest from USA and Sputnik from USSR sharing the cost by us . We agreed by us that if one read the magazine article and found an unknown word ,another had to find the definition in the dictionary and then read speak to the other who did not know the meaning . We practiced this habit whenever we finished classes in the evening and rest reading the magazines on our bed in our room. The two magazines were exchanged alternately by us an Owned alternatively the two magazines . I am still learning English as a second language in this old age of mine after retirement from government service. In the past ,I had sometimes attended English Language classes of U khin Maung Latt. BBS U Hla Bu etc. in Yangon ,studied myself some great classic Grammar books ,Idioms ,and Speaking skills by text or audios.I could not forget my regular daily BBC English study in BBC World Service both in English and Burmese Programs in my past learning days . The advantages of my continuous learning of English was that when I had a chance to compete for English and Engineering Profession for further study abroad ,I got successful marks for English right away and I got a rare chance of studying abroad for post graduate hydraulic education , especially hydraulic works in lowland Deltaic Areas that now I am applying my knowledges and experiences to my daily wrks even after my retirement . I am not retiring myself of course now though government retired me in last 10 years . I am still happily learning English and reading English text properly quite well in my life up till now.

    (Edited the former Facebook post on 7October 2019)


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