With numerous restoration and conservation projects undertaken by various government departments, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to conduct a six-week course on conservation and restoration of monuments for engineers lacking in the requisite skills. Based on the recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission, Rs 90 crore has been set apart for the renovation of over 200 temples without tampering their heritage value. In the last three years, 183 temples were provided with Rs 67.50 crore as part of the Finance Commissions grant. This year, the government has sanctioned Rs 22.5 crore for 46 temples. As for secular monuments, the prominent projects relate to the restoration of the Kalas Mahal in Chepauk and the National Art Gallery building in Egmore. The course will be in two batches and will be compulsory for those engineers working with the HR & CE department, the Archaelogical Survey of India, IIT, Madras University and the State Archaelogy and Museums Department.