YCDC to trans­fer tech­ni­cal col­lege to ed­u­ca­tion min­istry

The Myanmar Times - - News - ZAY YAR LIN za­yarlinn@mm­times.com

THE planned trans­fer of a land­mark Yan­gon in­sti­tute to the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry could be held up by ne­go­ti­a­tions with pri­vate com­pa­nies that have been given leases to oc­cupy parts of it, city au­thor­i­ties say.

Yan­gon City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee will trans­fer the land and build­ings of the more than 120-yearold Gov­ern­ment Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute in In­sein town­ship to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion this week, said U Than Htay, head of YCDC’s build­ing depart­ment, on Septem­ber 6.

“We’re now pre­par­ing for the han­dover cer­e­mony that will take place on Septem­ber 9 at City Hall,” he said.

The GTI opened as an en­gi­neer­ing school in 1895 and was re­or­gan­ised as a tech­ni­cal col­lege in 1958. In 1996, the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry trans­ferred the school’s build­ings to the Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy. Since 2000, the build­ings and prop­erty have been man­aged by YCDC, with the school still op­er­at­ing un­der the min­istry.

The 120th an­niver­sary of the in­sti­tute was cel­e­brated last year, and a blue plaque was in­stalled at the school to mark its her­itage sta­tus. The trans­fer back to the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry was de­cided after MPs raised ques­tions in par­lia­ment about the sta­tus of the build­ings.

Per­ma­nent sec­re­tary for ed­u­ca­tion U Kyaw Swar Soe said, “We’re still await­ing of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tion for the trans­fer of the build­ings from YCDC. Some of the build­ings have been leased out to pri­vate busi­nesses. We don’t know how long the leases are be­cause we haven’t seen the con­tracts or heard back yet from some of the com­pa­nies con­cerned. We will try to get the school back as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Most of the build­ings are oc­cu­pied by small-scale busi­ness own­ers run­ning teashops and car re­pair cen­tres. There are a to­tal of 55 build­ings on the 42-acre (18-hectare) school cam­pus, of which 30 were rented out to pri­vate com­pa­nies by YCDC.

U Kyaw Kyaw Soe, vice chair of the GTI alumni as­so­ci­a­tion, said on Septem­ber 6 that the alumni as­so­ci­a­tion oc­cu­pies three build­ings.

“We’ve rented three build­ings from YCDC for K100,000 a month, and other or­gan­i­sa­tions have also rented space. We will have to ne­go­ti­ate the lease if those build­ings are trans­ferred to the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.” – Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

‘We don’t know how long or for how much the leases are be­cause we haven’t seen the con­tracts.’

U Kyaw Swar Soe Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion

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