Had it not been for the "boring teaching" by Oxford teachers, Faiz Siddiqui could have experienced a high-flying career as an international commercial lawyer. That is what this Indian-origin student who studied modern history at Oxford University back in 2000, maintained as he determined to sue the college 16 years later.
Siddiqui now suffers from sleeplessness and depression. He equates everything which has gone in his life to his "unsatisfactory test results".
Siddiqui's barrister Roger Mallalieu informed the court that the issue came down teaching Asian history being on sabbatical leave at the same time during the 1999- 2000 academic year. He singled out the "dull" standard of tuition that Siddiqui had received from David Washbrook, an expert on the annals of southern India between the 18th and 20th centuries. "There isn't any personal criticism of Washbrook. Our target is to the university's back for enabling this to happen," Mallalieu farther told the court. He asserted the distinguished historian's teaching had endured in the "intolerable" pressure of the staff shortages on the course.
Oxford University argued that the claim is baseless and should be struck out because of the variety of years that have passed since Siddiqui graduated.
A judgment in the matter is expected later this month.