Indian-origin student sues Oxford University for 'boring' teachingNRI News

December 05, 2016 13:14
Indian-origin student sues Oxford University for 'boring' teaching

The prestigious Oxford University has been sued by an Indian-origin student Faiz Siddiqui for "boring" teaching. He alleged that, the teaching resulted in him getting a second class degree and in turn led to loss of earnings in his career as a lawyer.

Siddiqui studied modern history at Brasenose College at the university. He accuses the college staff of "negligent" teaching of his specialist subject course on Indian imperial history, that led to him getting a 2:1 back in 2000.

The High Court in London heard this week and judgement is expected to come later this month.

The Sunday Times reported, Siddiqui's barrister Roger Mallalieu said to the judge that, the problem came down to four of the seven staff teaching Asian history being on sabbatical leave at the same time during the 1999-2000 academic year.

Mallalieu singled out the "boring" standard of tuition that Siddiqui had received from David Washbrook, an expert on the history of southern India between the 18th and 20th centuries.

Mallalieu said to the court, that, "There is no personal criticism of Washbrook. Our target is on the university's back for allowing this to happen."

Siddiqui suffers from depression and insomnia, which he links to his "disappointing examination results", and has said he has a "fundamental inability to hold down any professional day job for any significant length of time".

Siddiqui's legal team claims he is "only one of a number of students who no doubt have proper cause for complaint against the university in relation to this matter".

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