21 January 2010

Ethics in academic advertising

A few days back, I was taken aback to find my profile in http://www.linkua.com/panamalai-r-guruprasad-tutoring_11421C.htm when I was academic-browsing. The web developers have illegally used my name and profile to advertise online tutoring of English, without my knowledge. In my 34 years of professional experience, I have never liked to offer private tutoring, coaching classes, online classes etc. As the website doesn't display any email address, I have asked the web-developers to delete my name and profile using the `Contact us' option in the website. I wish such website developers function with basic manners and ethics at least hereafter.

About Me

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Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
I am a retired K-12 Education Management Professional. I have worked at different levels in K-12 school systems, textbook publishing, elearning and Education NGOs. I have held memberships in The Association for Science Education (UK), American Association of Physics Teachers and The Malaysian Institute of Physics. I hold a 1st class B Sc Degree in Physics followed by B Ed [English and Physical Science] and M A [Childcare and Education] degrees. My published works include 59 articles in teacher development magazines in India and the US and a book entitled `Creative Classrooms and Child Friendly Schools' (listed in Amazon). This book is almost an anecdotal account of my professional experience in six countries (including Cambodia where I worked as Technical Adviser to the Ministry of Education, Youth And Sports). I served as mentor in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery Program offered by Teachers Without Borders.