BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- A draft proposal was published on the Ministry of Education website on Friday to urge the establishment of university academic committees in order to supervise the use of scientific funds.
The draft said that universities and colleges should consult the academic committees when they make comprehensive plans, allocate funds for teaching and scientific research, and carry out international cooperative programs.
Programs should be suspended if the academic committees object to them.
According to the draft, academic committees should be comprised of an odd number of no less than 15 members, including professors, associate professors and senior professionals.
The academic committees should execute a tenure system with at least four years per term, the draft said.
The public can submit opinions via mail or email to the ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, China has seen growing expenditures for scientific research and development, with annual growth of over 20 percent. Spending topped one trillion yuan in 2012, a 17.9-percent year-on-year increase.
However, several cases of embezzlement and other misuse of scientific research funds have been uncovered recently.
In one recent case, Meng Jiangtao, formerly of the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, was sentenced in July to 10 years in jail for embezzling scientific funds totaling about 2.6 million yuan (425,010 U.S. dollars).