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IIT undergraduate annual fee hiked to Rs 90,000
@ Jan 03, 2013
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Manash Pratim Gohain, TNN Jan 8, 2013, 03.51 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Studying at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will be expensive by Rs 40,000 from this academic session. The Council of IITs decided to increase the annual tuition fees for undergraduate students to Rs 90,000 at a meeting in IIT-Delhi on Monday. Announcing the decision, the minister for state for HRD, Pallam Raju said that the fee structure will be reviewed annually and that the revised rates will be applicable for the new entrants only and that the fee-waiver schemes for ST/ST and 25% of the students from economically disadvantaged background will continue.

At present, the annual fee is Rs 50,000. The last fee revision was done in the 2008-09 academic session when the tuition fee was increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000. An IIT spends Rs 2.25 lakh per annum per student.

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IIT Council meeting on 7th January. 2013

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Announcing the hike, Raju cited the Anil Kakodkar Committee's recommendation to make IITs financially independent on non-plan (operation) budgetary support to meet their operating expenditure. "We have enhanced the tuition fee to Rs 90,000 per annum from 2013. Revised rate will be applicable to new entrants of UG programmes and fee will be reviewed every year, but if doesn't mean that it will be hiked every year. Like the IIMs, we want the IITs to be sustainable and fee is one of the ways. Barely 20% of the entire budget comes from fees in IITs," said Raju.

The minister, however, said that no qualified student will be turned away because of financial constraints and "SC, ST students don't have to pay any hostel or tuition fees. Also 25% of the students whose annual household income is Rs 4.5 lakh or less will continue to get 100% scholarships."

Among other decisions taken at the meeting are that IITs will train graduates from National Institutes of Technology (NITs) to teach as they pursue their masters or PhDs at IIT. The IITs also resolved to ramp up their Ph.Ds from 3,000 to 10,000 by 2020.

The Council decided to enable top 15% students from NITs for a joint IIT-NIT trainee teacher scheme, whereby the NIT graduates will get teacher training at IITs and simultaneously pursue their master or Ph.D programmes to salvage the shortage of teaching faculty in the country.

Comparing technical research environment in the country, Raju said, "We are third compared to the US and China in terms of technical PhDs. To boost PhD programmes, we want to increase the number of Ph.Ds in the IITs to 10,000 by 2020 from the present 3,000. We are preparing an enabling framework so that more PhD scholars can join." The Council, while approving the recommendations of the Empowered Task Force headed by Dr Anil Kakodkar, decided to relax conditions for enrolment into Ph.D programmes in IITs.

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Press Information Bureau

Government of India

Ministry of Human Resource Development

07-January-2013 19:36 IST

Press Note on the 46th meeting of the Council of IITs Presided Over by Dr M M Pallam Raju, Union Minister of Human Resource Development

‘The 46th meeting of Council of IITs took a number of decisions on measures to take IITs to excellence and greater relevance. The meeting, chaired by HRD Minister M. M. Pallam Raju, was attended by Chairman of Board of Governors and Directors of all 16 IITs. In his inaugural address, the minister emphasized that IITs should strive for greater industry linkages. Shri Pallam Raju said that both the quality and quantity of faculty was key to improving the standards of technical education in the country.

Peer Review of IITs

The Council of IITs decided that the Peer Review of each Institute would be carried out on a periodic basis, once in every five years. The Review Committee would consist of five eminent persons from Industry and Academia. The Committee members would be selected by the Chairman of the Council of IITs from a panel of 10 names given by the Board of Governors of respective Institutes. For the new IITs, similar exercise will be carried out on completion of five years. The Peer Review will be based on similar well-established review systems in world-class institutions and would be rigorous and forward-looking. Besides periodic review of the institution, each IIT will similarly undertake, an in-house, department-wise review before any external Peer Review is carried out.

The process, results and the follow-up on Peer Review would be uploaded on Institute/IIT Council’s website as a mechanism to foster a culture of transparency and accountability.

Revision of Fee for UG Students

At present, the Undergraduate students pay an annual tuition fee of Rs. 50,000/-. The fee was last revised from Rs. 25,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- per annum from academic session 2008-09. No tuition fee is charged from the students belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. A number of other facilities like free mess, free hostel facility and free book bank facilities are available to SC and ST students. Besides this, 25 percent of total students, whose parental income is less than 4.5 lakh per year, are given 100 percent scholarships.

 The Council of IITs approved the recommendation of the Group of Directors of IITs and Empowered Task Force for revision of fee for UG students from the existing Rs. 50,000/- to Rs. 90,000/- per annum from the year, 2013. The revised rates will, however, be applicable for the new entrants to the UG programs and the fee may be revised periodically. Members of Council of IITs stressed that easy loan facility is available to students and no student, who has qualified the JEE, is denied entry into IITs due to financial constraints.

One of the key recommendations of the Kakodkar Committee was that the IITs become financially independent of non-plan (operational) budgetary support to meet their operating expenditure, while the capital, students scholarships, support and infrastructure expenditure continue to be met fully under plan (capital budget support) by the government. The Kakodkar Committee had in fact recommended fee for UG, Masters and Ph.D Programmes to the order of Rs. 2 - 2.5 lacs per annum, which was revised downwards by Director of IITs and the Empowered Task Force.

Boost to Ph.D. Programs

With a view to increase the number of Ph.D.s from 3000 at present to 10,000 by 2020, the Council of IITs approved the recommendation of the Empowered Task Force headed by Dr. Anil Kakodkarfor “strengthening the Ph.D. Programme in the IITs”. This provides for relaxed conditions for enrolment into Ph.D. program in IITs. The admission would be given without GATE score to students with CGPA of more than 7.0 at the end of the 3rd year but GATE score would be required for scholarship. However, students from Centrally Financed Technical Institutions (CFTIs) with CGPA of more than 7.0 would be eligible for Ph.D. programs and also assistantship/fellowships without requirement of GATE scores. All others will have to appear for GATE to get into M. Tech. and Ph.D. programs in IITs.

 A Ph.D. programme for persons working in industry and teachers in Engineering Colleges will be introduced in all IITs wherein the course requirement would be fulfilled through courses to be delivered remotely using the National Knowledge Network (NKN).

Joint IIT-NIT Trainee Teacher Scheme

The Council of IITs approved the Trainee Teacher Award NIT / IIT Joint Schemewith an aim to enhance the teaching quality and to address the faculty shortage issue. This scheme is open to all graduating candidates who are in top 15% in the Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs). All other candidates who are in top 15% from other AICTE/UGC approved institutions / universities (non-CFTIs) and having a valid GATE score would also be eligible. The concerned NITs would identify and implement initial screening criteria for the selection of potential candidates.

They would be engaged as trainee teachers at NITs. While initially they would assist in teaching, they would simultaneously go through part-time M. Tech and PhD programs of IITs to acquire higher academic qualifications, which is a prerequisite for faculty at NITs.

Green Initiatives

The Council of IITs decided that each IIT would establish a Green Office, which would carry out Green Audit and ensure inclusion of green technology related topics/courses in the curriculum. The Kakodkar Committee Report also emphasizes the need for IITs to be in the forefront of development of technology for sustainable growth. Most of the education and research institutions in Europe and America have adopted Sustainability Agenda and are implementing programs to reduce their Caron footprint, recycle the resources, adopt energy efficiency measures and include sustainability issues in the teaching programs. As part of this, every student will be required to complete at least one project of technology application relevant to local neighborhood development relevant to his/her area of expertise/concern.

The Council of IITs also decided to have greater community engagement and transparency in processes for projects and procurement along with exemplary labour practices.

BK

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Global Alumni meet at Bangalore and New Jersey-announcement
@ Jan 03, 2013
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 Our association (IIT (BHU) Global Alumni Association) is pleased to announce following 2013 Global Alumni Meet. All alumni are encouraged to participate.

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a) Global Alumni Meet at Bangalore on June 29

International IIT (BHU) Global Alumni Mega Meet

Dear Alumni:

We, at the IIT (BHU) Global Alumni Association (IBGAA) are delighted to host our first ever IIT (BHU) Global Alumni Mega Meet in India on Saturday, June 29 2013 at the Kalinga Hall, Lalit Ashok Hotel in Bangalore. This will be a great reunion with trips down memory lane with several influential alumni and our honorable Director IIT (BHU); and Chairman, Board of Governors IIT (BHU) Prof. Lalji Singh (VC of BHU) as special guests

Further details about the meet are being put up at the site http://bangalore2013. iitbhuglobal.org/ .

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013

Place: Kalinga Hall, Lalit Ashok Hotel, Bangalore, India

We look forward to welcome you at the Global Meet on June 29, 2013.

Sincerely,

Vish Narayanan (Electrical 1983)

President, IIT BHU Global Alumni Association

Email: vish.narayanan@gmail.com

Phone: 248-318-3548

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Sumit Dey (Electrical 2004)

Chair, Bangalore Global Meet

Email: sumitkrdey@gmail.com

Phone: 080-50088661

Ajit Agrawal (Mech 1972)

Co-Chair, Bangalore Global Meet

Email: Ajit_Agarwal@hotmail.com

Phone: 98452 85917

Manish Gupta (Mechanical 1994)

Chair, Bangalore Global Meet

Email manish@indegene.com

Phone 080 40987777

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 b) Global Alumni Meet at New Jersey in September

The location and date will be finalized shortly.

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Alumni local chapters meet at Lucknow, California and New Jersey-announcement
@ Jan 03, 2013
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 Our association (IIT (BHU) Global Alumni Association) is pleased to announce following meetings by local Chapters. All alumni living in the nearby areas are encouraged to participate.

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a) Alumni meet at Lucknow on February 17

A meeting of IIT (BHU) alumni is planned at Lucknow as follows:

Date- 17 Feb 2013 (Sunday, next to Basant Panchmi)

Venu - Genesis Club, Kursi road (at 6 km from Bio-tech xing on Ring Road)

Registration fee-Rs. 1,000 for family; Rs. 500 for single

(Payment requested in advance to any of the following volunteers or payable on the spot. Prior intimation to any of above will help in making arrangements.)

Participants may contact the following volunteers:

 *Vijay Pratap (Mechanical 1968) Address: 1/89, Vineet Khand, Gomtinagar, Lko. Mob 9839504371. Email: vijaypratap46@gmail.com,  

 *V. K. Sachdev (Civil 1967) Address: 207, Royal-1 Eldeco Green Appts. Gomtinagar, Mob. 9838562674. Email: sachdev_vk@yahoo.co.in      

*N. C. Srivastava (Electrical 1970) Address: A11, Kamla Nehru colony Khurram Nagar, mob. 9415107141. Email hindu_engg@rediffmail.com

Regards,
Keerty Nath (CSE 2004)

Mobile: 09619618586

Email: keerty@gmail.com

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b) Southern California IIT (BHU)/BHU Alumni Meeting on February 16

 A get together for IIT (BHU) & BHU alumni is planned on 6:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 1732 Reynolds Avenue Irvine, CA 92614.

Those interested, should contact Rohit at rohit_trt@yahoo.com
Thanks,

Rohit Gupta (Chemical 1998)

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c) New Jersey Chapter meet on March 3

 A get together for IIT (BHU) alumni is planned on 12.00 noon on Sunday, March 03, 2013 at Jewel of India Restaurant.

Address: Jewel of India Restaurant

999, Route 1 South,

North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Phone: (732) 247-8500

The expected cost is around $30 per person. Please come directly to the place.

Agenda: Planning for Sept. 2013 NJ Global Alumni meet.

Those interested, should contact

Mr. Sonam Agrawal (Mechanical 2007) at: sonam.agrawal@gmail.com

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Chronicle needs news
@ Jan 03, 2013
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 The Chronicle is the voice of our IIT-BHU community. We need more news, reports, photos, etc. from students, faculty and alumni. Please send your news at: chronicle@itbhuglobal.org.

Deadline for submitting articles is 15th of each month.

Since we plan to publish chronicle issue by the end of each month, we request our readers to send articles latest by 15th. Articles received later than that date will be published only if time permits. Please add “for chronicle” in the subject line.

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Chronicle Feedback
@ Jan 03, 2013
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 a) Deadline extended for applying for Student and Publication Awards

Deadline has been extended for applying for 2013 Student Awards and 2013 Publication Awards to February 15. Please refer to Chronicle December issue for the announcements and rules and regulations for applying:

2013 Student Awards

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2012/12/index-campus-view.php#006499

2013 Publication Awards for Students/Faculty

http://www.itbhuglobal.org/chronicle/archives/2012/12/index-campus-view.php#006498

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b) This issue contains details of students selected for various alumni funded scholarships and children of non-teaching staff selected for Prof. B. B. Bansal Memorial Scholarship on Alumni World page

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c) Alumni World page contains results of just held Council of Representatives (CoR) elections. It has also news about announcement for election for the Board of Directors for Global and India boards for IIT (BHU) Global Alumni Association. The complete announcement will be posted soon on our website: www.itbhuglobal.org

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d) The Campus View page has announcement for TEDx being held on our campus on April 07. This is the first time that such important international event is organization on any of the IIT campus.

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e) The front page has a story about IIT Council approving the tuition fees hikes at IITs. This shows the need for more alumni coming out to help needy students.

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f) The front page carries an obituary of Mr. Akella Ramakrishna (Electronics 1974), who donated his organs after his death, the first under the proposed Jeevandan scheme by Andhra Pradesh Govt. A noble work indeed.

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Obituary
Sad demise of Shri Akella Ramakrishna (Electronics 1974)
@ Jan 03, 2013
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(Chronicle note-Our Chronicle team shares the grief of Shri Akella Ramakrishna’s demise with his family. May his soul rest in peace.

The sad news was forwarded by Ms. Spandana (Daughter of Shri Akella Ramakrishna, Email: spandana.akella@gmail.com; and Mr. G. S. Narsing Rao (Electrical 1974) Email: gs.narsingrao@gmail.com)

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Shri Akella Ramakrishna was born in West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh on 29th May, 1950. He did his B. Sc. from Goenka College, Tadepalligudem, Andhra Pradesh. He joined IT-BHU and did his B. Tech (Electronics Engineering) in 1974. Later he did his post-graduation in management from All India Institute of Management, Delhi (AIIM) in 1986.

Shri Akella retired as Additional General Manager from GNFC Ltd. (Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizer's Company Ltd.). He headed the IT division at GNFC when he retired; spent most of his career with GNFC in Gujarat and a short stint before retiring at GNFC, Bangalore.  He also worked with Polyester Fibre Plant (Baroda), Instrumentation Limited, Kota, at Bokaro Steel city.

He breathed his last in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh on 10th Jan 2013. He suffered brain hemorrhage and was declared brain dead.  It was a sudden death and apparently his BP was recorded high that caused the hemorrhage. 

He is survived by his loving wife (Lalitha) and two daughters (Shalini and Spandana), married and settled with families. Shalini is settled in Seatlle, US; while Spandana lives in Hyderabad.

Shri Akella possessed a very cheerful, sportive attitude, as evident in his passion for sports even at the age of 62. He has been an avid tennis player from his young age and he also enjoyed other sports - Golf, swimming, table Tennis. We will immensely miss him and his infectious spirit to remain happy, no matter what.

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Shri Akella Ramakrishna donated his organs after his death to save the lives of 5 other patients

As per Shri Akella’s wish, the family offered to donate his organs. Now he has become the first person to donate organs under Andhra Pradesh State Govt.'s Jeevandaan scheme by which he has immediately impacted about 5 people through his liver, kidneys and eyes; while many will be impacted due to research aided by his spleen and pancreas.  Please find some news paper links that covered the story:

We believe this will inspire other families at least to commit to this noble cause and hope more and more people are aware of this less known perspective in India and volunteer for this.

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http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/jeevandan-scheme-kicks-off-with-first-organ-donation/article4300818.ece

Jeevandan scheme kicks off with first organ donation

HYDERABAD, January 12, 2013

STAFF REPORTER

Kidneys, liver of a 62-year-old man (Akella Ramakrishna) taken out after the consent of relatives

The first deceased organ donation and transplantation under the government-run Jeevandan project took place here on Friday when relatives of a 62-year-old person, who suffered brain hemorrhage and was pronounced brain-dead by doctors at Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG), decided to donate his organs.

The transplant coordinators and organ donation counsellors of Jeevandan and AIG collaborated to harvest two kidneys and one liver of the patient after taking consent from his close relatives. Relatives of the 62-year-old were highly motivated and agreed readily to donate the organs of the deceased after due counselling sessions, officials said.

The two kidneys of the deceased were sent to the NIMS and Global Hospitals while the liver was claimed by the AIG. According to Jeevandan authorities, the donated organs have already been sent to the hospitals and efforts are on to take up transplantation for the deserving patients.

While the government hospitals are far from taking up such transplant surgeries in large numbers, health authorities said that the first organ donation under Jeevandan is a shot-in-the-arm to the efforts to establish a fully government-run deceased organ donation.

“This is the first step of Jeevandan scheme. Efforts are on to appoint a Chief Transplant Coordinator, who will oversee the whole programme. Everybody should realise that such programmes need time to grow,” says senior medical professional, Dr. G. Swarnalatha.

The idea behind Jeevandan scheme is to encourage deceased organ transplantation instead of living organ donation.

In the long run, authorities hope that deceased organ transplantation would outpace live donor transplantation, which is the case in Western countries.

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Three patients get Jeevandan

Brain Dead Man’s Liver, Kidneys Give New Lease of Life To 3

TIMES NEWS NETWORK 

Hyderabad: At least three persons got a new lease of life and two others were likely to get their eyesight back after the first set of cadaver organ transplants under the state’s much-publicised Jeevandan programme were performed in three hospitals on Friday, officials said. 

The donor, A Ramakrishna, 62, a resident of Madinaguda and suffering from Parkinson’s along with a heart ailment, was declared brain dead at around 12.30 am on Friday and his family did not have any reservation to the transplants.

The deceased donor’s liver, two kidneys, corneas, pancreas and spleen were retrieved at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) in the wee hours. The liver was transplanted to a 43-year-old male suffering from liver cirrhosis waiting for an organ for the last one year at the AIG.  

One kidney was transplanted to a 44-year-old female at Global Hospital while the other kidney was transplanted to a 60-year-old male at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS). 

Authorities at the AIG said that the spleen and pancreas would be used for research purposes. 

Dr Pradeep Deshpande, in-charge of the sensitization programmes on Jeevandan, said that it will take another month to make the brain death declaration committees operational at the state-run Gandhi Hospital and Osmania General Hospital. 

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These two government hospitals get the maximum number of trauma cases but in the absence of brain death declaration committees, several organs of brain dead individuals go waste. The state government had earlier declared that all the cadaver organ transplants would be carried out under Jeevandan programme from January 1 this year. 

“Now, the government hospitals are also having a recipient pool waiting for transplants with the success of Aarogyasri dialysis programme. However, at Gandhi Hospital, we need trained personnel, transplant coordinators and some modifications in the operation theatre along with some new infrastructure. We also need a team to take care of the harvested organs,” said Deshpande. 

Experts said that everyday almost 20 people die in road accidents and out of these, 10 are possibly brain dead. If the organs of a few of these brain dead persons are retrieved for transplantation, there won’t be any waiting list. So far, just about 10-12 cadaver organ transplants take place annually in city hospitals.

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Sad demise of Shri Vinod Kumar Shrivastava (Mechanical 1974)
@ Jan 03, 2013
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 (Chronicle note-Our Chronicle team shares the grief of Shri Vinod Kumar Shrivastava’s demise with his family. May his soul rest in peace.

The sad news was forwarded by Mr. Vidit Shrivastava (Son of Shri Vinod Shrivastava Email: viditshri@gmail.com; and Mr. Anang Pal Malik (Mechanical 1974) Email: apmalik53@yahoo.com)

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Mr. Vinod Kumar Shrivastava was born in Japla, now in Jharkhand on 22nd March 1953. He did his schooling in Japla from HSVHE, Japla. 

After completing his schooling he went for B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering at IT-BHU. After graduating in 1974 he started his professional career at Bharat Pumps and Compressors Ltd. Allahabad in Engineering and Design department. After serving 30 odd years, he joined Kirloskar Ebara Pumps Ltd. at Pune, Maharashtra.

He served about 2 &1/2 years at KEPL and then he joined Mather and Platt Pumps Ltd on 1st November 2006 as a Head of Engineering.

In April 2012 he was diagnosed of Cancer (Hodgkins Lymphoma). It almost got heeled but a sudden pneumonia at last stage of treatment caused his demise on 31 October, 2012 at Pune.

He is survived by: Mrs. Shikha Shrivastva (mother); Major. Vaibhav Shrivastava (AMC) (elder son) and his wife, Mrs. Madhulika Shrivastava; and Vidit Shrivastava (younger son).

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About Hodgkin's lymphoma

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hodgkins-disease/DS00186

Hodgkin's lymphoma — formerly known as Hodgkin's disease — is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system.

In Hodgkin's lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system. As Hodgkin's lymphoma progresses, it compromises your body's ability to fight infection.

Hodgkin's lymphoma is one of two common types of cancers of the lymphatic system. The other type, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, is far more common.

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