UCC Memories

UCC Project

Update : January 17, 2022

  • UCC was founded in 1971 with Saya Chit (Dr. Chit Swe, GBNF) as Director, Saya Paing (U Soe Paing) as Systems Manager, Saya Myo (U Myo Min) as Applications Manager, and Saya Lay (U Ko Ko Lay, GBNF) as Operations Manager.
  • The UCC Project was started by Saya Chit (then Head of Mathematics Department at the Institute of Economics) with the help of Saya Paing (then Assistant Lecturer of Electrical Engineering at the Rangoon Institute of Technology) and several others.
  • It took a long time before the UCC Project was approved by UNDP.
    UNDP was the Funding Agency.
    UNESCO was assigned as the Executing Agency.
  • ICL won the contract to provide ICL 1902S Computer System, Software, Training and Support.
  • Dr. Harry D Huskey (UCSC) won the sub-contract for offering expertise in Academics & Research for UCC.
  • The early days of Computing in Burma/Myanmar has been presented in several articles in Burmese and English by Saya Paing including “Computer ah sa UCC ga”.
  • Saya U Aung Zaw (GBNF) has also recorded his memories about UCC in his book “Ba Wa and Dhamma”.
  • ICST/UCSY published a commemorative magazine for the 30th Anniversary of UCC.

The following are the early departments and sub-departments at UCC.

  • For holding meetings with Board of Directors and Advisors.
  • Also provided service for the Experts)
  • Superintendent (U Myint Aung)
  • UDC (Upper Division Clerks)
  • LDC (Lower Division Clerks)
  • Peons
  • Secretaries (for preparing reports and teaching materials)
  • Security Personnel
  • Maintenance Personnel
  • Drivers
  • Manager (Saya U Soe Paing)
  • Engineers (U Tun Aung Gyaw, U Hla Min, U Soe Win)
  • Maintenance technicians (U Aung Myint, U Ngwe Soe, U Myint Soe, U Khin Zaw …)
  • System Programmers (U Aung Zaw, U Maung Maung Htay, U Than Lwin, Rafiul Ahad, U Soe Myint …)
  • System Librarian (U Hla Aung …)
  • Trainees and/or Volunteers
  • In the beginning Saya U Myo Min managed all application programmers.
  • After the reorganization, Saya U Myo Min managed the business applications.and Saya U Ko Ko Lay managed the scientific & engineering applications
  • Application Programmers include U Mya Thein (Bo Shoke, GBNF), U Thein Oo, U Tun Shwe, U Htin Kyaw, U Soe Than, U Kyaw Nyein, U Boe Ba Shan, U Myint Oo, U Sein Myint Maung, U Win Myint, U Soe Thein (GBNF), U Aung Hlaing, Daw Tin May Lwin, Daw Nwe Nwe Win, Daw Nge Ma Ma Than (GBNF), …
  • In the beginning Saya U Ko Ko Lay managed the Operations Division.
  • After the reorganization, Saya U Soe Paing managed the Operations Division and Systems Division.
  • Chief Operator (CO U Hla Min / Pauk Si)
  • Computer Operators (3 for each shift)
  • Shift Leaders (U Maung Maung Gyi (GBNF), U Win Hlaing, U Kyaw Zwar, U Soe Myint (GBNF) …)
  • Operators for card punch, manual punches, punched card verifier, sorter …
  • Job Controllers
  • The Morning Shift is run for staff, students and general users.
  • The Evening and Night Shifts were run for selected user departments.
    The Population Census Data Project had a high priority.
  • Kudos to the many unsung heroes who volunteered for gratis or for a per diem of Three Kyats and Fifteen Pyas.
  • Several DAC and M.Sc. students volunteered
  • Without them, the introduction of Computer Technology would not have been smooth and successful.

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