Swel Daw Yeik / Bin / Spirit *

Swel Daw Yeik

The terms “Swel Daw Yeik” and “Swel Daw Bin” are endearing to the sayas, sayamas and alumni.

Swel Daw Yeik was officially accepted at the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee in 1970 as a synonym for RIT (Rangoon Institute of Technology) and the engineering colleges, institutes which preceded and followed. Saya U Saw Tun (RIT Burmese) and Saya U Moe Aung (EE) were Patrons of the RIT Ah Nu Pyinnya Ah Thin and the Managers for the Swel Daw Yeik Troupe (including the Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint).

Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint

The “Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint” was a top attraction at the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee in 1970. Saya U Moe Aung led the Swel Daw Yeik Troupe for the GJ Celebrations. The Htee Yein received acclaim.

U Soe Aung (Mech/Auto 70), former Secretary of the RIT Ah Nu Pyinnya Ah Thin recounted the sad story of banning of the Ah Thin’s activities by the then higher authorities. He rejoiced when the ban was lifted in time for the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee celebrations thus allowing the general public to appreciate the Ah Nyient and the formerly banned Htee Yein.

Swel Daw Yeik Anyeint became a feature of the RIT gatherings such as Singapore Thingyan & SPZPs.

Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung

Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung was published by Saya U Moe Aung & team to commemorate

  • SPZP-2002
    Saya reprinted my SAYA PUZAW PWE poem as the back cover of the SPZP-2002 issue.
  • SPZP-2007
    Saya printed my SWEL DAW poem in the SPZP-2007 issue
  • SPZP-2010
    Saya printed my article “A Sad and Short Clip : EE Sayas” in the SPZP-2010 issue.

Swel Daw Yeik Magazine

Saya U Moe Aung and the distinguished Alumni Writers/Poets served as Contributing Editors for the commemorative issue of the full fledged Swel Daw Yeik Magazine for

  • SPZP-2012
  • Shwe YaDu (in 2014)
  • SPZP-2016.

Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF)

Since there was no formal Alumni Association, the idea to help sayas and alumni of the past and present was floated around SPZP-2012 by Saya U Moe Aung and his former students.

Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF) was founded in 2013.

Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War) had informal discussions with U Ko Ko (Hset Hmu), U Myint Pe, U Wynn Htain Oo, and several other RIT Ah Nu Pyinnya Shins about forming Swel Daw Yeik Foundation to help alums and sayas.

SDYF has helped not only with the Health Care of eligible sayas and sayamas, but also in several RIT related activities such as Shwe YaDu and SPZPs. Fifty Swel Daw Bins were planted and maintained.

U Khin Maung Tun (Htet Linn Lu Say, T78) pledged/donated K1500+ lakhs for Swel Daw Yeik Foundation. He also graciously accepted the Presidency.

Saya U Moe Aung is Patron of SYDF. Saya also leads the PR team for providing information and update.

U Wynn Htain Oo (M72) is an evangelist of SDYF. His postings describe the background and activities of SDYF.

Activities of SDYF

  • Health Care for eligible sayas and sayamas.
  • The financial assistance for sayas undergoing hospitalization was initially K2 Lakhs. It was then increased to K4 – K6 Lakhs.
    Sayas requiring personal aids and/or frequent trips to the medical clinics are also provided financial assistance on the need basis (and upon approval at the SDYF meeting).
  • Annual Medical Checkup (which was initiated by the “Steeve and Helen Kay Health Care Fund” and the “U Khin Maung Tun and family Fund for vision care”.
  • Physical, moral, and monetary support for the Golden Jubilee (GJ) celebrations in December, 2014
  • Shwe YaDu Lann project
  • Planting the Swel Daw Bins
  • Shwe YaDu benches
  • Repairing/replace of roofs of selected houses in the Campus
  • Garbage cans & collection
  • Helping YTU Library Project
  • Coordinating with the Alumni Association
  • Long term plan for a Geha for needy sayas and sayamas
  • Repaying the metta and cetana of all eligible sayas and sayamas world wide
  • Helping young alums and passing the “RIT Spirit” to them

Mash up of Swel Daw Yeik poems

Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War), Maung Sein Win (Padeegone) and Saya U Nyunt Htay (Mset73) wrote several poems about Swel Daw. The following is a mash up of some of their works.

Swel Daw

You were the victim of a superstitious power monger
willing to crush “Pretenders to the Throne
animate and inanimate.

Without a just and fair trial,
you were condemned to death.

When one Swel Daw Bin was axed,
two magically reappeared.

When two Swel Daw Bins were hacked,
four appeared to baffle the tormentors.

With each atrocious act
the Swel Daw Bins rebounded and redoubled.

The Adhamma authorities decreed
to use all means possible
and ruthlessly uproot all Swel Daw Bins
and banish them from the Land of the Bearers
and Defenders of Dhamma.

Why? Why? Why?

Swel Daws do not have destructive power
or desire to exploit.

They do not have Loba (Greed), Dosa (Anger)
and Moha (Ignorance or Delusion).

They simply display pristine, beauty and elegance.

They embody the principles of trust, integrity,
and the unity of

  • mentors and mentees
  • students, teachers, and workers (Loke Tha’s)

They provide shade, calm and tranquillity
to those seeking rest & peace of mind.

With the dawning of the Pwint Linn Era 
Fifty majestic Swel Daw Bins bloom gallantly
along side the famed Shwe YaDu Lann
with pleasing Shwe YaDu Benches

There have been tears of sorrow
when Swel Daws were banished from the Land of Dhamma.

Now there are tears of joy 
with many artifacts bearing your name

  • Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint (providing high quality entertainment)
  • Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung (for SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007 and SPZP-2010)
  • Swel Daw Yeik Magazine (for SPZP-2012, Shwe YaDu and SPZP-2016)
  • Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (provide health care to eligible sayas)

Swel Daw — RIT Spirit

Thanks to the sayas and alumni that have kept the Swel Daw (RIT Spirit) alive and well.

Categories: SPZP

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