Some Terms *

SPZP-2000 Organizers
Faculty of Engineering
Burma Institute of Technology
Rangoon Institute of Technology

Academic Year

  • Academic Year used may span two calendar years
    e.g. 1968 – 69


  • Student
  • Need not be a graduate
  • In the old days, there were four Latin terms — alumnus, alumna, alumni, alumnae — to distinguish the Gender (male, female) and Number (singular, plural).
  • Nowadays, alumni is a generic term to cover all four cases.
  • We may sometimes use alum instead of alumni
  • Universities usually have Alumni Association, Alumni Building, Alumni Office / Department for Alumni Affairs
  • ARITA stands for RIT-YIT-YTU Alumni Association
  • RIT Alumni International hosted SPZP-2000 (the First RIT Grand Reunion and Saya Pu ZawPwe)
  • NorCal RITAA stands for Northern California Rangoon Institute of Technology Alumni Association.


  • BIT stands for Burma Institute of Technology
  • The engineering school moved to the Gyogone Campus in 1961.
  • BIT was still under the aegis of Rangoon University.
  • U Yone Mo was Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University
  • U Sein Hla, son of Justice U Bo Gyi (Vice Chancellor, RU), is an MIT alumnus.
    He served as Registrar of BIT.


  • Class refers to the expected year of graduation
  • The Class of 69 refers to students, who are expected to graduate after completing the academic year 1968- 69.
  • The Class of 69++ will also include some alumni who took “sabbatical” (“waso”) and graduated a year or two later.
  • Notable members of most classes are mentioned in the posts.


  • Rangoon University had Faculties and Deans
  • U Ba Hla was the first native Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Rangoon University.
    He is credited with proposing the “Twinning Program” with prestigious US universities.
  • Other Faculties include Science, Arts, Social Science, Law, Medicine.


  • Gone But Not Forgotten
  • GBNF for the Class of 69 is maintained by U Aung Min (M69) and team
  • GBNF for the 1st BE Intake of 64 is maintained by U Ohn Khine (M70) and team
  • There are GBNF lists for Sayas and Sayamas
  • There are GBNF lists for selected periods


There are several Health Care Funds.
They include :

  • Steeve and Helen Kay Heath Care Fund for RIT Sayas and Sayamas
  • U Khin Maung Tun‘s Family’s Eye-care for RIT Sayas and Sayamas
  • Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF)
    now also handles the two funds described above
  • Class-wide HCFs
    Example :
    Class of 69 (69er HCF, EE69er HCF)
    Class of 70 & 71
    Class of 72
    Class of 75
    Intake of 83

There may be changes to the Health Care of Sayas and Sayamas.

  • Hospitalization still has the highest priority.
  • Case-by-case consideration for sayas and sayamas who have to visit clinics many times
  • Eligible sayas and sayamas (age 60+) can have medical check ups
  • If funds are available, spouses of eligible sayas and sayamas can also have medical check ups.


  • Intake refers to the year when the group was admitted to RIT, YIT, or YTU.
  • Intake usually means “1st BE Intake“.
  • Most from the 1st BE Intake of 64 graduated in 1970.
    Most from the 1st BE Intake of 65 graduated in 1971.
    The Combined 1st BE Intake of 64 and 65 has held Reunion and Acariya Pu Zaw Pwe for nearly two decades.
  • There were three Intakes in November 1964.
    460+ students were admitted to 1st BE
    320+ students were admitted to 2nd BE
    About 200 students were admitted to 3rd BE
  • Some Intakes unfortunately lost three years of their schooling, since the institute was closed for three years (from 1988 – 1990).
    Example : Intake of 1983 graduated in 1992 (instead of 1989).


  • Pu Zaw Pwe
  • May be Micro-PZP, Mini-PZP, Discipline wide PZP, World wide PZP


  • BIT was renamed as Rangoon Institute of Technology in 1964.
  • Under the then New Education System, RIT became an independent Institute with its own Rector and Registrar.
    U Yone Moe was the first Rector,
    U Soe Thein was the first Registrar.
  • Not sure why it was not named as BIT (Rangoon Campus)


  • Alumni Association of RIT/YIT/YTU
  • Some also call it ARITA
  • Helped host SPZP-2016
  • Provides “Saya’s Corner
    Tea and coffee are served
    Wheel chairs are stored for use by needy sayas
  • Coordinated the “Library Modernization Project”


  • Saya Pu Zaw Pwe
  • Preferred to “Saya Gadawt Pwe” which has religious connotation
  • Allows alumni with different religious beliefs to pay back the Metta and Cetana of their mentors
  • There have been seven World Wide SPZPs :
    SPZP-2000 (California, USA)
    SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007, SPZP-2010 (Singapore)
    SPZP-2004, SPZP-2012, SPZP-2016 (Yangon)
  • SPZP-2020 was canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Swel Daw / Swel Daw Yeik

  • Synonym for RIT and the engineering schools preceding and succeeding it.
  • The term became established at the RU Golden Jubilee
    Celebrations in 1970, when the RIT Ah Nu Pyinnyar Shins of performed as “Swel Daw Yeik Troupe”.
    Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint” and “Htee Yein” were hits.
  • During the Adhamma Era, Swel Daw Bins were razed from the compound
  • With the dawning of the Pwint Linn Era, 50 Swel Daw Bins were planted to commemorate the Shwe YaDu (in 2014).
  • There are many artifacts with “Swel Daw Yeik” in their name. They include :
    Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint
    Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF)
    Swel Daw Yeik Magazine
    Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung

Thabon Kyaung

  • Disparaging term used by authorities (notably Maung Thaung) in the Adhamma Era

Thamudaya Kyaung

  • Poem by Maung Sein Win (Padeegone)
  • Music Video by Khin Maung Toe (Vocalist) and Myizzima Hlaing


  • Technological University
  • Opened indiscriminately during the Adhamma Era


  • RIT was renamed as Yangon Institute of Technology
  • Name change per the Naming Policy (to refrain from using names from the Colonial Era).
  • Note: The Naming Policy did not have a grandfather clause.
    Some classic books could not be re-published without the name change.
    For example, “Trials in Burma” by Maurice Collis was forced to be re-titled “Trials in Myanmar”.


  • YTU stands for Yangon Technological University
  • It was another name change to sound similar as NTU (in Singapore, which was earlier called NTI)

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