Online methodology is being used for day-to-day meetings, institutional approvals in the administration and for teaching and learning in education sector to the extent telemedicine in the health sector is getting popular with the approvals of the competent authority. No doubt, it has advantages and disadvantages for both the beneficiaries and the system at large. Describe and discuss the ethical issues involved in the use of online method particularly to the vulnerable section of the society.

Sample Answer


Online methodology has the advantages like accessibility, effective service delivery and accountability, at the same time it also has some ethical issues.


However, there are many ethical issues involved in the use of online method particularly to vulnerable section of society:

  • Compromise on the development of values like punctuality, discipline etc
  • Lower level of socialisation – schools gives platform to socialise with students from different background. This helps in fighting caste-system, communalism, superstition etc
  • Discriminatory and exclusive- the poor, students from remote areas are left behind.
  • Deepens the gender divide – fewer females have smartphones.
  • Quality service delivery: Difficulty to engage the Youngers students in the online mode, weak internet connectivity, interruptions in power supply.
  • Regulation and monitoring of students’ performance becomes difficult.


Hence online methodology must be used with ethical principles like ‘Ganghiji’s Talisman’ and ‘Sarvodaya through antyodaya’ – we must use online methods for the benefit of the most vulnerable.  

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