Hla Min

Hla Min : Blessings

Update : June 16, 2022

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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