Avishkar Social and Educational Foundation, Kolhapur (Maharashtra) honoured various dynamic persons for their special educational and social contribution with various awards on 25th June 2017 at Chh. Shahu Smarak Bhavan at 1.30 pm. Dr. N. D. Patil and his wife Maisaheb Patil presided the function and conferred the awards. On this occasion Rev. Fr. James Thorat, S.J., Principal, St. Xavier’s High School, Kolhapur was felicitated as an Ideal Head Master. In the year 2011, he was awarded with the Rajeev Gandhi Shiromani Award by the Honorable Ex-President Mrs. Pratibhatai Patil. In the Academic Year 2016-17, various educational activities carried out in St. Xavier’s High School, Kolhapur were recognized by the Committee. His outstanding contribution to social service and special concern for the needy largely contributed towards declaring him as an ideal head master. This Award Ceremony was graced with the honorable presence of Rev. Fathers, Pastors, Sisters, Teachers, the parents and the eminent persons from the town. The presence of his own mother and brother while receiving the award was an icing on the cake for Rev. Fr. James Thorat, SJ.
'SERVICE TO MANKIND IS SERVICE TO GOD' with this conviction Rev. Fr. James Thorat, Principal of St.Xavier's high school, Kolhapur always reach out to the needy. The citizens of kolhapur witnessed this during the August 2019 floods. The disaster that struck the kolhapur city was the most severe ever in the history of Kolhapur. Rev. Fr. James Thorat was actively working at the flood affected areas. The school hall was made available for the rescued people. He along with all the teachers, parents and students contributed a lot for providing appropriate groceries and clothing to the needy after the flood receded. Essentials were dispatched to the disaster struck area in four rounds to places like Nave Pargaon, Bhogav, Hingangaon, Kurundwad and Manewadi Ingli from Karnataka. The superior Rev Fr. Dennis Borges S.J. , Principal Rev. Fr. James Thorat S.J. and Rev Fr. Raja S.J. coordinated the disbursement process. This noble work was acknowledged by M.L.A. Dr. Sujit Minchekar foundation, who felicitated the school and Principal Rev .Fr. James Thorat with 'SAMAJBHUSHAN PURASKAR 2019' .