STEP (SHIHAB THANGAL EDUCATION PROGRAM) is an educational program designed for the educational wellbeing of the back ward society in India. It assures the educational security for all backward students, especially for those who belong to BPL category by enrolling them in nearby schools under the RTE rule. Along with helping them to meet the basic educational needs by providing books, bags, pens, dresses, shoes etc. This has given us much better results than we had expected.
Panakkad Syed Mohammedali Shihab Ba-Alawi Al-Hussainy Pookoya Thangal (4 May 1936 – 1 August 2009) was a Muslim religious leader and politician from Kerala, and one of the most famous Islamic scholars from the Indian state of Kerala. He was the President of the Kerala state committee of the Indian Union Muslim League.
Shihab Thangal was appointed as the president of the Kerala state committee of Indian Union Muslim League subsequent to his father's death in 1975. Shihab Thangal remained President until his death in 2009. He was a very influential leader of the Muslim community in Kerala and was Qazi to hundreds of mahals in Kerala. He had a close clasp with Kerala's prominent Islamic Organisation Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama. He was the president of a numerous Islamic institutions like Darul Huda Islamic University, Jamia Nooriya Arabiya, Jamia Darussalam Al Islamiya, Nandi which are managed by Samastha. He is one of the founding members of MEA Engineering College and Markazu Tharbiyathil Islamiyya, Valancheri. He was behind the proposal to start another campus of Aligarh Muslim University in Kerala.