Stone Artisan Park Training Institute (SAPTI) has been established by the Industries & Mines Department and the Office of Commissioner of Geology & Mining (Gujarat) since 2009 under the Gujarat State Mineral Policy, 2003 Government to harness the tremendous potential of state’s stone industry and carry forward its valuable heritage of stone art and architecture.
The mandate of SAPTI is to optimise the potential of Gujarat’s stone industry and build on its rich heritage of stone art and architecture. The State has set up two artisan parks - one in Ambaji and the other in Dhrangadhra. SAPTI-Ambaji in North Gujarat focuses on marble while SAPTI-Dhrangadhra in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat focuses on sandstone. Both artisan parks are registered under the Society Registration Act, 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950.
Both campuses are rooted in history, surrounded by quarries, open spaces and centuries of sculpting tradition. The students are given the opportunity to hone their abilities at stone carving, make new friends, and get a real life experience of becoming an artist.