It was in Quetta that he joined Khalsa High School whence he matriculated in 1941 secring the highest marks in entire Baluchistan and setting up a new record. He joined Forman Christian College, Lahore, for his premedical studies.
There he enjoyed two merit scholarships – one granted by the University and the other by the college. In his FSc (Medical) exam, he stood second in the university.
Medical Education and Service
For his graduate course in medicine and surgery, he joined King Edward Medical College, Lahore. There too he received a merit scholarship granted by the Govt. of Baluchistan.
In 1947 when the country was partitioned, he left Lahore and joined Medical College, Amritsar, where he completed his medical studies to graduate in 1949.He worked first as a House Physician , then as Asstt. Registrar, and then as a Demonstrator in Medical College, Amritsar , with a short stint, in between, as Demonstrator in Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. While teaching there, he passed his MA (Psychology) exam as a teacher candidate from Aligarh Muslim University, securing First Division and first position in the University. He passed his DPM exam from All-India Institute of Mental Health, Bangalore, and Mysore University, in 1958 with double distinction and setting up a new record. Thus he qualified as a psychiatrist.
Marriage and children
In 1955, he married Kanwerjit, the eldest daughter of his own Professor, Lt. Col. Dr. Gurbuxsh Singh.
As a psychiatrist, rising through the ranks, he became Prof. & Head of Psychiatry Department at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and occupied that chair for about a decade (1968-1978). Then he was appointed Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh where he spent three years (1978-1981). From there, he was picked up by the World Health Organization, Geneva, as a consultant for a project in Africa where he served for over four years (1981-1985). He came back home in 1985, and since then has been engaged in private practice. In between, he had a short engagement with the United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Fund for Drug Abuse (South-East Asia).
Currently, he is Chairman of the Board of Consultants constituted by the Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee for setting up of an Institute of Medical Sciences. In 1989, he received Kohli Memorial Award for being the Best Professional of the Year.
He is a well-recognized metaphysical poet in Punjabi who has contributed ten volumes of original verse. His opus magnum is his autobiography in verse. He also writes powerful, inspiring prose as evidenced by his books Achetan di Leela, Meri Sahitak Swaijeevani and Ardas. He has won several prestigious awards in literature. These include: Sahitya Akademy Award, Asan Memorial Award, Shiromani Sahitkar Award (Languages Deptt.), Sarvotam Sahitkar Award (Punjabi Akademy, Delhi), Bhai Vir Singh Award, KS Dhaliwal Award, Puran Singh Memorial Award. Guru Nanak Dev University conferred on him PhD honorous causa for his contribution to literature. He has been a member of the jury (Punjabi) for Sahitya Akademy Awards and member of the Advisory Committee (Punjabi) for Jnan Peeth Award. He is one of the past Chairmen of Punjabi Akademy, Chandigarh.
Currently, he is the Honorary General Secretary of Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan, New Delhi.
Belonging to a devout religious family Dr Neki has always evinced keen interest in religion. Like his family, he also has unbigoted, liberal views. During his student life, he became President of the All-India Sikh Students Federation and organized training camps for the Sikh youth in the Sikh lore. He has produced two authentic books. One is Ardas – Darshan, Roop te Abhias which has been evaluated as an 'all-time classic'. The second one, Vishva Ardas, is a collection of over 300 prayers from different religious groups, tribes and communities of different times and places, translated into Punjabi verse.This has been called "a landmark piece of work". Commissioned by Guru Nanak Dev University, he wrote The Spiritual Heritage of the Punjab which traces the evolution of spiritual thought and practice from the pre-Aryan times up to Guru Gobind Singh. Lately, he has produced an exquisitely produced book Pilgrimage to Hemkunt that compares with high international standards.
For several years, he has been a member of the Dharam Prachar Committee of Shromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee, the elected body that administers Sikh shrines.He was honoured with 'Order of the Khalsa' Award on the 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa, celebrated in Anandpur Sahib on 13th April, 2000. He has represented his community at various international forums including The Parliament World Religions 1993, Unesco Conference on Religion and World Peace 1998, Unesco Center Catalunya Conference on Universal Ethics 1998, World Thanksgiving Conference 1999
|1955||Asle te Ohle||Singh Brothers, Amritsar||Punjabi Poetry|
|1965||Eh Mere Sanse Eh Mere Geet||Singh Brothers, Amritsar||Punjabi Poetry|
|1975||Simrati de Kiran Ton Pehlan||Navyug Publishers, New Delhi||Punjabi Poetry|
|1978||Karuna Di Chuh Ton Magron||Navyug Publishers, New Delhi||Punjabi Poetry|
|1985||Na Eh Geet Na Birharha||Navyug Publishers, New Delhi||Punjabi Poetry|
|1989||Birkhe Heth Sabh Jant||Navyug Publishers, New Delhi||Punjabi Poetry|
|1989||Ardas: Darshan Roop Te Abhiaas||Singh Brothers, Amritsar||Sikh Religion|
|1990||Paani Wich Patase||Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan, New Delhi||Punjabi Poetry (Rhymes for Children)|
|1992||Geet Mera Sohila Tera||Singh Brothers, Amritsar||Punjabi Poetry|
|1992||Meri Sahitik Sve Jivanee||Punjabi University, Patiala||Literary Autobiography|
|1997||Vishav Ardas||Singh Brothers, Amritsar||Punjabi Poetry (World Prayers)|
|1998||Achetan Di Leela||Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar||Psychology|
|2000||Koi Naon Na Jaane Mera||Singh Brothers, Amritsar||Punjabi Poetry (Autobiography)|
|2000||Spiritual Heritage of Punjab||Guru Nank Dev University, Amritsar||Spirituality|
|2002||Pilgrimage to Hemkunt||UBSPD and NIPS||Spiritual Travelogue|
|2004||Sungad Abnoos Di||ARSEE Publishers, Delhi||Punjabi Poetry|
|2004||Prophet of Devotion||SATVIC Media Pvt. Ltd., Amritsar||Life & Teachingsof Sri Guru Angad Dev|
|2005||My Ardas & My Gurus' Bani||SNP Panpac Pte Ltd, Singapore||Ardas, Japji Sahib, Rahiras and Sohila for Children|
|2006||Divine Intimations - Nitnem||Hemkunt Publishers, New Delhi||Banis Japji Sahib, Jap Sahib, Sawayyas, Rehras Sahib, Sohila Sahib and Ardas|
|2007||Guru Granth Sahib and Its Context||Bhai Vir Singh Sahitay Sadan||Essays on different aspects of Guru Granth Sahib|
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